Early Childhood Special Education services are provided to eligible 3, 4 and 5 year old children with disabilities who are entitled to a free appropriate public education in accordance with their individual needs as mandated by special education law.

In Connecticut, special education services are provided by local and regional school districts. Special education and related services are provided based on what the individual child needs to benefit from his education.

By calling Child Development Infoline (CDI) at 1-800-505-7000, a family can be referred to their local or regional school district’s Preschool Special Education services to discuss the need for an evaluation.

Information on special education, as well as the contact information is then mailed to families. Follow-up is offered to ensure that the family gets connected to the school. For more information on Early Childhood Special Education Services in Connecticut, visit the Department of Education’s website at www.sde.ct.gov.


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