Early Childhood Intervention
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Early Childhood Intervention (ECI) Classes: AACPS has specialized classes throughout the county located in numerous elementary schools that house ECI programs. The goal of an ECI program is to provide intensive instruction in relatively small classes with a special education teacher, teacher assistant and speech language pathologist. Children in these classes have moderate to severe delays and need to focus on basic language and cognitive concepts as building blocks for academic success later in life. ECI programs run for approximately half of a school day with sessions in both the morning and afternoon. Some children attend for as little as two half days per week or as many as five half days per week as determined by the Individual Educational Program (IEP) team. The IEP team, consisting of parents and educators, determine the amount of time that is needed to achieve developmental goals through an (IEP). Bus transportation is provided to and from school. Many schools with an ECI programs also have a pre-K class; these co-located classes provide opportunity children to engage in both environments. For more information contact the Early Childhood Intervention Specialists.
LOCATE: Enhanced Special Needs Services is a free service to assist parents in locating licensed child care programs for children with special needs. Call 1 800 999-0120, TDD: 410 385-1042 Monday through Friday 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.