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Early Childhood Special Education 0-3



Early Intervention services foster the development of infants and toddlers birth to three years of age. The Early Intervention team follows Early On guidelines regarding the importance of providing the majority of a child’s services in his/her natural environment. When services are delivered in this manner, it promotes continued developmental progress for the child and carry over of skills into the child’s daily routines. The Early Intervention team provides play-based activities that target and support the child’s development in specific areas. The staff also assists parents/caregivers with integrating strategies and ideas into a child’s daily routines to promote development. Service providers may include teacher, speech and language therapist, occupational therapist, physical therapist, social worker and/or school psychologist depending on the child’s needs.

ECSE Mission Statement:

"Rochester Early Childhood Special Education maximizes learning for young children with unique needs while supporting and educating their families."

ECSE Vision Statement:

The RCS ECSE will be a department where there is a common understanding and implementation of curriuculum and assessment. Instruction is evidence-based, incorportated into daily routines and consistently delivered by staff/caregivers. The culture is supportive to staff and families. We will demonstrate a willingness to grow, reflect, collaborate with team members and we meet our families "where they are".

Do you have questions or concerns about your child under the age of 3?

If a parent has concerns about a child between the ages of birth to three, they can begin by contacting the Early On/Oakland Schools referral line at (248) 209-2084. Initial information will be gathered regarding the concerns about the child's development. Early On/Oakland Schools staff will then determine how to route a child's referral. If the child's referral is sent to the local school district, then the parents will be contacted to schedule an educational evaluation. These evaluations typically take place in the child's natural environment and are conducted by a multi-disciplinary team of professionals. The evaluation looks at all areas of a child's development including health, hearing and vision. The evaluation process helps to determine whether or not a child meets the eligibility for early intervention services through the school district. Early intervention services may be provided in a child's natural environment (home/community) and/or a classroom setting. Ancillary services may include direct support or consultative services by a physical and/or occupational therapist, a speech and language provider, a school social worker and/or a school psychologist and a teacher consultant. There are other service options through Early On/ Oakland Schools for children who do not qualify for special education.

Visit Project Find's website for helpful information and ways to get in contact with our Project Find team:


Cornelia Samoila is the Early On/ Project Find Coordinator for 0-3. She can be reached at 248-726-6766 or csamoila@rochester.k12.mi.us