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Early Intervention and Early Childhood Special Education and the Student Success Act

Oregon Governor Kate Brown signed House Bill 3427, the Student Success Act, into law on May 20, 2019. The Act funds three accounts: the Early Learning Account; the Student Investment Account; and the Statewide Education Initiatives.

The Early Learning Account provides funding for Early Intervention and Early Childhood Special Education (EI/ECSE) to reach adequate service levels for children with disabilities, ages birth to five, and their families.

What is the Early Intervention/Early Childhood Special Education Service system?

Oregon’s Early Intervention/Early Childhood Special Education (EI/ECSE) Services provide a seamless system to support the developmental and educational needs of children ages birth to five and their families. EI/ECSE programs ensure that children who qualify for special education receive a Free and Appropriate Public Education (FAPE), as required in the Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA).

What is the cost?

Evaluations and screenings are free for children ages birth to five. Children found to be eligible for Early Intervention and Early Childhood Special Education receive free services.

What does the program provide?

Local EI/ECSE programs provide free screenings or evaluations for children ages birth to five. Screenings and evaluations look at children’s development and whether special education supports can build skills to further individual developmental progress.

  1. Social/Emotional skills- how they play with and respond to other children and adults
  2. Adaptive skills- how they do self-care like putting on clothing or shoes, or feeding themselves
  3. Cognitive skills- how they learn and problem solve
  4. Fine motor skills- how they use their small muscles like pinching or grasping objects
  5. Gross motor skills- how they use their large muscles like climbing, walking, or running
  6. Expressive communication- how they communicate (with gestures, spoken words, or sign-language)
  7. Receptive language- how they understand language like directions, words, signs or gestures

Referral for EI/ECSE Services

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