ETOWAH COUNTY PRESCHOOL....ages 3 to 5 years old
Who attends the Preschool Program?
Etowah County School system provides preschool educational curriculum,
special education and related services to young children, ages three
through five, who qualify under the Individuals with Disabilities Act
(IDEA, Part B, Section 619). The preschool program ensures the provision
of a Free and Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) to all eligible
children at no cost to their families. This program serves both children
with disabilities and typically-developing preschool-age children.
How does a child become eligible?
Children are referred for evaluation through Child Find services (256-442-2340).
Following completion of referral and assessments, the Individualized
Education Program (IEP) Team, of which parents are essential members,
meets to review and discuss findings in order to make a determination of
eligibility under one of the thirteen established disability
What happens next?
a child is determined to have a disability, the IEP Team works together
to develop the IEP, a written document identifying the special
education and related services necessary to support the child's
developmental and educational program. Services will begin on the
child's third birthday if the child is referred and eligible from an
Early Intervention program. Otherwise, services may begin at any
age between 3 and 5 years old.
What are Preschool services?
identified on an IEP might include special instruction, speech and
language therapy, physical and occupational therapy, assistive
technology devices and services, counseling services, social services
and other services identified by the IEP Team as necessary for the child
to benefit from participating in an educational program.