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Preschool Special Education Programs

Preschool Special Education Programs

In Ohio, preschool special education is for three through five year old children with disabilities.  The Region 12 SST supports educational staff with technical assistance, professional learning, coaching, peer networks and preschool director meetings.

Ohio Operating Standards for the Education of Children with Disabilities

The Ohio Operating Standards for the Education of Children with Disabilities identify the state requirements and federal Part B Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (IDEA) requirements that apply to the implementation of special education and related services to students with disabilities by school districts, county boards of developmental disabilities and other educational agencies.

Child Outcomes Summary Process

Ohio’s Child Outcomes Summary Form, revised on 9/1/2015, must be used to document the Child Outcomes Summary process for all preschool children with IEPs in Ohio beginning February 1, 2016. This form permits the team to organize evidence by the level of functioning (age-appropriate, immediate foundational skills, foundational) noting the sources within the level, as well as identifying any concerns the team may have.
 
Ohio's Child Outcome Summary Policy states that the preschool special education supervisor must ensure staff have been trained in the use of the form, evaluating the quality of the data, and interpreting assessment results in relationship to the summary rating.  Please check the SST Region 12 Professional Learning Opportunties for scheduled trainings.  These trainings are also Ohio Approved.
 
The Ohio Child Outcome Quality Assurance Checklist  and Directions for Using the Checklist may be accessed by preschool supervisors to determine if the Child Outcomes Summary process is being completed according to the guidelines within the training and policy.  It evaluates timelines, information collected and who was involved in the meeting.  
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