Scott County School District 2 (SCSD2) Preschool services are available for children ages 3-5 who have disabilities that impact their educational learning, as well as children ages 4 by August 1st of the school year that will be transitioning to Kindergarten the following year. These services are provided to eligible children, free of charge, by SCSD2 as required by Indiana Department of Education (IDOE).
Children may be eligible for preschool special education services if they show a delay of either two (2) standard deviations below the mean in one of the following developmental areas or one and one-half standard deviations below the mean in any two of the following developmental areas: gross or fine motor development (vision, hearing, movement), cognitive development (thinking and learning), receptive or expressive language development (understanding and learning language), social or emotional development (getting along with other people), self-help or other adaptive development (independent living skills, toileting, eating, dressing). Eligibility for special education as a student with a developmental delay or other disability areas shall be determined by the student's evaluation results and by the Case Conference Committee.
If a parent feels that their child is showing significant delay/s, SCSD2 takes parent referrals for educational evaluations to determine eligibility for special education services. If the child is found eligible, SCSD2 will work with the parents to create an Individualized Education Plan (IEP). An IEP is a plan that discusses a child’s disability area/s and sets forth services that will be provided to the child in an educational setting at SCSD2.
The preschool years are a critically important time to provide special education services to children with disabilities. At this early age, children’s brains are going through their most important periods of development, so this is the time when services can make the biggest impact. This guide explains how parents can help to ensure preschool children receive the services he or she needs to make academic, social, and emotional progress and enter kindergarten prepared to succeed.