Early Childhood Education

Early Education Intervention Coordinator
Education Dept.  
There is a coordinator for statewide hearing loss early education intervention. The coordinator must: identify, support, and promote culturally appropriate and evidence-based early intervention practices for infants with hearing loss; ensure people involved with a child's intervention plan are provided with progress updates; educate early childhood providers about deaf, deafblind, and hard of hearing issues so they can accurately adjust family service plans using data from specialized assessment systems; and work with the department of health, the director of the department of education resource center for deaf and hard-of-hearing, the department of education early hearing detection and intervention teams, and the department of health early hearing detection and intervention advisory council. MN Statute 125A.63

To contact EDHI coordinator Kathy Anderson:
email kathy.anderson@metroecsu.org or call (612) 638-1546

Eligibility for Toddler/Infant Intervention Services
Education Dept.  
The Code of Federal Regulations requires that intervention services are available for infants and toddlers. Intervention services include identification/referral, screening, evaluation, assessment, and service coordination. A child under the age of two can receive infant and toddler intervention services if: the child meets the criteria of one of the disability categories, or the child meets one of the criteria for developmental delay such as being diagnosed with a physical or mental condition or disorder that will result in a delay. The child can also be considered delayed if s/he is behind certain developmental areas in cognitive development, physical development (including visual and hearing), communication development, social or emotional development, or adaptive development. MN Rule 3525.1350

Outcome Data on Deaf, DeafBlind, and Hard of Hearing Children
Education Dept.  
The department of education must provide data about the outcomes of students who are deaf, deafblind, and hard of hearing and received early intervention services. MN Statute 125A.63
To look at the data collected: click here

Special Education Eligibility
Education Dept.  
When a child is between three and six years of age, his/her individualized family service plan (IFSP) team should decide if s/he is eligible for special education. The child is eligible if the child meets one of the criteria in part A and all of the criteria in part B.

  1. Part A:
    1. the child meets the criteria of one of the disability categories, or the child meets one of the criteria for developmental delay such as being diagnosed with a physical or mental condition or disorder that will result in a delay; or
    2. the child can also be seen as delayed if s/he is behind certain developmental areas in cognitive development, physical development (including visual and hearing), communication development, social or emotional development, or adaptive development.
  2. Part B the child's need for special education is supported by:
    1. at least one documented observation of the child's daily routine;
    2. a development history; and
    3. at least one other evaluation procedure in each area that the child is reported to have a delay. MN Rule 3525.1351

Student Limit for Special Education Teachers
Education Dept.  
The number of students an early childhood teacher works with is decided by the severity of the students' disability, the amount of time the teacher travels, and if the student is receiving services in another program or agency. The maximum number of students a teacher can have is also determined by the students' age. For example a teacher cannot have more than: 12 students between birth and two years; 16 students between three and six years; and 14 students between birth and six years. For early childhood special education classes, there must be a paraprofessional with a teacher. The maximum number of students a teacher and paraprofessional can have at once is eight. If there is an entire early childhood team in the class then there can be 16 students. MN Rule 3525.2340

Support to Families through the Early Hearing Detection and Intervention Program
Health Dept.   Human Services Dept.  
Department of Health has the responsibility to oversee all the Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (EHDI) programs. The Commissioner of Health will create a contract with a nonprofit that can provide support for families with children who are deaf, deafblind, and hard of hearing. Support includes providing information on medical, communication, and educational options. Allocates funds for Parent Guides who provide unbiased information to parents on medical, communication and educational options. MN Statute 144.966
To recieve support: click here To contact: click here

Toddler/Infant Evaluation Requirements
Education Dept.  
A toddler/infant needs to be evaluated to determine if s/he is able to receive intervention services. The evaluation must include: review of the child's current health and medical history; an evaluation of the child's development in various areas; assessment of the child's unique needs; and at least one documented, observation of the child's daily routine. MN Rule 3525.1350

Transition from Toddler/Infant Intervention Services
Education Dept.  
The service coordinator must help transition the child and family from the infant and toddler intervention services before the child's third birthday. If the child is eligible for special education, the coordinator must help with the transition to receiving those services. With the permission of the child's family, the transition services may include a meeting with the family, the local educational agency, and community-based providers to discuss future services the child may need. If the child is not eligible for special education services than the coordinator, with the parents' permission, should set up a meeting with the family, the lead agency, and community-based service providers to decide appropriate services the child may receive once the infant and toddler intervention services have ended. MN Rule 3525.1350