For Early Childhood

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FDLRS assists in the location, identification, evaluation and initiation of appropriate education or other needed services for children and youth, birth through 21 years of age who have, or are at risk of developing, special or unique needs and are not enrolled in public school.

FDLRS supports the following activities to support early childhood education:

  • Provide developmental screenings to identify children birth to five years of age who are at-risk or may qualify for services related to exceptional student education using the Children's Registry and Information System (CHRIS) to document screenings, referrals for evaluations, evaluation outcomes, placement decisions, and transition from the Early Steps program to prekindergarten programs for children with disabilities at age three.
  • Support awareness of materials and provide/facilitate training opportunities related to child development and developmentally appropriate practices.
  • Locate children attending nonpublic schools needing exceptional student education.
  • Support transition at age three and implementation of the statewide system to measure child outcomes through facilitating collaboration among school districts, the Early Steps program, the Technical Assistance and Training System (TATS) for programs serving prekindergarten children with disabilities, and other early education and care programs in the community.

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