The SCESD Early Intervention / Early Childhood Special Education Program (EI/ECSE) provides special education services in Coos, Curry,and Western Douglas counties to children from birth to kindergarten age that are demonstrating a significant developmental delay in one or more areas and/or meet disability eligibility criteria in one of the following categories:
- Communication Disorder
- Autism Spectrum Disorder
- Hearing Impairment
- Visual Impairment
- Orthopedic Impairment
- Other Health Impairments
- Specific Learning Disability
- Emotional Disturbance
- Intellectual Disability
- Deaf Blindness
- Traumatic Brain Injury
Referrals can come directly from the child’s family or from others involved with the child. There is no cost for EI/ECSE services to families. Please contact us to start your referral.
When should I refer a child for screening and evaluations?
Refer any infant, toddler or preschooler suspected of having a developmental delay, including problems in how they:
- Respond to others
Who can refer children?
- Child care providers
- Any community agency
Where can I refer a child for screening and evaluation?
All referrals for screening and evaluation go through the South Coast EI/ECSE program office by calling 541 269 4524 or by submitting a Universal Referral Form.
What happens after I call about a child?
With the parent’s permission, the child may be screened and evaluated to determine if they have a delay that makes them eligible for EI/ECSE services. If so, an Individual Family Service Plan (IFSP) will be developed to address the child’s special learning needs. A team of professionals and the child’s parents work together to develop the IFSP which is a coordinated set of services individualized for each child.
What types of services might the child receive?
Types of services provided include home visiting, consultation in early learning settings, such as community preschools, specialized preschool classes or skills groups, parenting education, and related services (such as Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Speech Therapy, etc.). Students with more specific eligibilities like Hearing Impairment or Vision Impairment would also receive supports and services from the Cascade Regional Program.
Why are these services important to the child?
During early life the brain is rapidly developing and is shaped by experiences and interactions. Children learn through routine and everyday activities. EI/ECSE services enhance language, social and physical development through play-based interventions and parent coaching. Research indicates that early intervention effectively promotes developmental progress in infants, toddlers, and preschoolers with developmental delays or disabilities.
Will a parent have to pay for these services?
No! Early Intervention and Early Childhood Special Education services are provided at no cost to families.
Will parent(s) need to be involved?
Yes, parent involvement is key to a child’s future school success. Our program will partner with parents to provide support and instruction in the skills parents need to successfully support their child.