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Early Childhood Special Education

Produced by Massachusetts Law Reform Institute & Justice Center of Southeast Massachusetts
Created February, 2022

When the school gets the referral from the EI agency they must evaluate your child.  After the evaluation  the school meets with you and EI staff  to decide if your child qualifies for special education. EI program staff should attend this meeting because they can tell the school district about your child's development, the services they received, and their current needs. If your child qualifies  for special education, the school  will have an IEP team meeting.

If your child qualifies  for special education,  the school district can provide services through an IEP or an IFSP in your child’s first year of school. The school should explain to you the differences between the plans.

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