Early Childhood Special Education

Early Childhood Special Education is a program provided by the public school system which offers services to preschool children ages 3-5 years of age with significant developmental delays.

Areas of delay may include: Cognitive Development, Adaptive Behavior Development, Communication Development, Physical Development, and Social/Emotional Development.


Children ages 3-5 within the Aurora Public School District may qualify for services which are provided at no cost to families. Eligibility is determined following a multidisciplinary diagnostic evaluation. A child’s development must be significantly delayed in one or more of the following areas: cognitive development; adaptive behavior development; communication development; physical development; social/emotional development.

Services Provided Include:

Complete Diagnostic Evaluation: parent interview, observations, standardized testing to determine eligibility for the program.

Early Childhood Belief Statements:
  • Young children with disabilities should successfully participate with non-disabled peers in a variety of community and school settings.
  • All preschool children should have the opportunity to develop relationships and friendships with their peers.
  • Young children with disabilities and their families should experience smooth transitions into new environments within the community and school.
The Aurora R-8 Early Childhood Staff is made up of the following:
  • 2 Early Childhood Instructors
  • Speech/Language Pathologists
  • Occupational Therapist
  • Physical Therapist
  • Classroom Paraprofessionals
  • Counselor
  • Diagnosticians
  • Program Coordinator
  • Secretary
Settings Available:

Early Childhood Setting: Services may be provided in a group educational experience of similar ages and developmental levels.

Early Childhood Special Education Setting: Allows young children with significant developmental delays to receive services in a classroom designed for 3, 4, and 5 year olds.

Itinerant Services Outside the Home: Services may be provided in an elementary school, Head Start Center, community preschool, or daycare.

Home: Services may be provided in the home dependent upon severity of student needs.