Early Childhood Special Education

Welcome to Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE)!

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Please look around at our website and see what's going on. :)


  Emily Klapperich

ECSE Teacher (ages 3-5)

[email protected]

507-732-7848 ext. 1213

Please feel free to contact us by phone or email with questions and concerns at anytime.

What is Early Childhood Special Education?

Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE) services are designed for children from age three until the child's seventh birthday. Children can qualify for services under the ECSE criteria until the child turns seven. Early Childhood Special Education services are offered at no cost to families.

Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE) services begin with a developmental evaluation. This evaluation documents a child's skills in a variety of areas such as cognition, motor, social-emotional, language-communication, and/or adaptive (self-help) development. There are also certain conditions and medical diagnoses that automatically qualify a child for ECSE services. For example, a qualifying condition/diagnoses is one that has a high probability of resulting in developmental delay and the child currently demonstrates a need.

In Minnesota, Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE) services are provided through the public school system. Districts within the state of MN often refer to these services as the Help Me Grow Program.

Is Your Child On Track?

If you have a question or concern about your infant, toddler. or preschooler's development please contact Zumbrota-Mazeppa early childhood special education staff at 507-732-7848 or click on the Help Me Grow website.