Paraeducators: Tiffany Roberts Amie Verastek
The Early Childhood Special Education Program (ECSE) is
Part B of IDEA in Virginia and provides services for children
from age two to kindergarten age who qualify according to
state and federal law. The ECSE Program provides early
intervention services for children who have delayed
functioning; manifest atypical development or behavior; or
have behavioral disorders that interfere with the
acquisition of developmental skills.
Preschoolers may be found eligible for ECSE services under
one or more of the 14 disability categories which are
defined in federal and state regulations. The goals,
settings, and related services that are needed to assist
identified children’s development are individualized.
School personnel working collaboratively with the child’s
family develop an individualized plan with goals and
objectives to meet the child’s developmental needs.
A limited number of preschool classrooms are part of the
Integrated Preschool Outreach Program (IPOP). IPOP is a
language-based, preschool environment offering a wide
variety of enriching activities in an educational setting
which serves both students who are typically developing
and those with special needs. The curriculum places
emphasis on socialization and readiness skills. Students are
involved in all school-wide activities including library, art
and music classes.
The Virginia Preschool Initiative Program (VPI) serves at risk
students who have reached their fourth birthdays by
September 30th and are not served by the Head Start
Program. VPI is a family-focused, language-based preschool
program where students are engaged in high quality
educational activities with a primary focus on school
readiness, health, nutrition and social skills. Students
participate in all school-wide activities, including library, art
and music classes.