Early Childhood Discipline
- Guiding Practices on Early Childhood Discipline - Provides intentional support for teachers and strategies that schools can use to manage challenging behavior in young preschool children in lieu of suspensions and expulsions.
- NC PPM Early Childhood Plan for Addressing Challenging Behaviors - Template to develop an LEA/program plan for addressing challenging behavior.
- Suspensions and Expulsions of Children with Disabilites - Defines disciplinary removal including suspension and expulsion, reviews reporting requirements, and provides example scenarios.
- Early Childhood Discipline Practices in North Carolina - Provides a review of the research and findings on early childhood discipline including suspension, expulsion, seclusion and restraint, along with regulatory reporting requirements.
Early Childhood Enrollment, Attendance, and Discipline Reporting
Early Childhood Hearing Screening
- Guiding Practices in Early Childhood Hearing Screening - Guidance and resources to improve the hearing screening process to make informed decisions and appropriate follow-up actions
Early Childhood Least Restrictive Environment
- The NC Department of Public Instruction and the Early Learning Network presented a webinar on Educational Environments (LRE) – View handouts and watch the webinar here.
- Q & A for Preschool LRE – Addresses questions frequently asked about early childhood educational settings
- Legal Requirements for Making LRE Decisions - Regulatory guidance regarding Least Restrictive Environment (LRE) placement decisions for preschool children
- Guiding Questions for IEP Teams - Series of questions IEP teams should consider when making special education placement decisions
- Early Childhood Educational Environments Decision Tree - Assists in determining early childhood environment for reporting purposes
- Reporting Educational Setting for Children 3-5 – Descriptions of CECAS codes for use with the Decision Tree for Early Childhood Environments.
- Educational Settings for Children Ages 3-5 with Disabilities (March, 2014) - DPI memo describing educational settings for children age 3-5 with examples
- OSEP Preschool Least Restrictive Environment - Reiterates that the least restrictive environment (LRE) requirements apply to placement of preschool children with disabilities (February, 2012)
- OSEP Letter- Early Childhood Educational Settings and the Least Restrictive Environment (LRE) - Updates February 2012 OSEP letter with additional information on the reporting of educational environments data and the use of IDEA Part B funds to provide special education and related services to preschool children with disabilities. (January 2017)
- LRE data excel spreadsheet that generates the data displays - Allows LEAs to create a report based on LRE data from CECAS Analytics
- Directions for the CECAS query for PreK LRE - Provides instructions for accessing Pre-K LRE Report using CECAS Analytics Tool
- PreK LRE data as they relate to the EC Division’s LEA self-assessment - Describes how Preschool Educational Environments (Least Restrictive Environment –LRE) data can inform the LEA Self-Assessment
The NC Department of Public Instruction and the Early Learning Network presented a webinar on Educational Environments (LRE) – Indicator 6 on January 12, 2016. To watch the webinar and view the handouts click http://nceln.fpg.unc.edu/events/preschool-coordinators-data-webinar-educational-environments-lre-indicator-6
Early Childhood Outcomes
- 2019-20 Indicator 7 Data Collection Template - Converts COS data to OSEP reporting categories.
- Critical Questions About Early Intervention and Early Childhood Special Education: https://dasycenter.sri.com/downloads/DaSy_papers/DaSy_Critical_Questions_FINAL_20151023v2.pdf
Early Childhood Transitions
- DPI Memo Guiding Practices in Early Childhood Transition and Procedural Safeguards - Explains revisions to the Guiding Practices and Q&A document related to transition
- Guiding Practices in Early Childhood Transition - Outlines activities, timelines, and recommended practices to facilitate a child's transition from the Infant-Toddler Program (Part C) to the Preschool Program (Part B)
- North Carolina Infant-Toddler Program Parent Handbook - English – Parent’s guide to Infant-Toddler and Preschool Programs
- North Carolina Infant-Toddler Program Parent Handbook - Spanish - Parent’s guide to Infant-Toddler and Preschool Programs
- Indicator 12 Spreadsheet - Includes instructions and general information for submission of Indicator 12 data
Q&A Indicator 12 Spreadsheet - Addresses frequently asked questions about reporting Indicator 12 data to the NC Department of Public Instruction (DPI)
Early Childhood Vision Screening
- Guiding Practices in Early Childhood Vision Screening - Guidance and resources to improve the vision screening process in order to increase the likelihood that children will receive timely and critical eye care services
- Vision Screening Report - Template for reporting vision screening results
- Children’s Vision and Eye Health: A Snapshot of Current National Issues - Reviews current research and best-practices for children’s vision and eye health in the U.S.
Notifications from Other Programs
- Medical Home Feedback Form - Template for providing feedback to referring provider/agency at completion of child's assessment
- DPI Memo: Revised Physician to Preschool Program Notification Process - Explains revisions to the ABCD processes and procedures
- Physician Notification to Exceptional Children Preschool Program - Form to be completed by physician and sent to the Exceptional Children Preschool Program
- Notification Flow Chart Legend and Notes - Explains initial evaluation process for children ages 3 through 21 as well as action steps for children age through 5
- Referral Flow Chart Physician to Preschool Program - Summarizes physician to preschool notification process for children age 3 through 5
- Sample Preschool Program Notification Form – Sample form to be completed by preschool program representative and sent to the Exceptional Children Preschool Program