SDE: Early Childhood Special Education

Early Childhood Special Education


Special education and related services are required by federal and state law. The laws are intended to ensure that young children with disabilities are provided a free and appropriate public education in accordance with their individual needs. Early childhood special education as defined by the federal law known as the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) is for 3-, 4- and 5-year-old children with disabilities who require special education. In Connecticut, special education and related services are available to eligible children by age 3 and are provided by local and regional school districts.


  • Preschool Special Education Brochure-English [PDF] Spanish Version [PDF]
  • Preschool Special Education End-of-Year Report 2003 [PDF]
  • Data Bulletin - CT's Children with Disabilities (Ages 3-5) [PDF]
  • Family-Friendly Services in Preschool Special Education [PDF]


NAEYC Accreditation


ECO - Early Childhood Outcomes  

LRE Coming Soon

 Birth-to-5 Newsletters


All files below are in PDF format. 



  • Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) FY2016 [PDF] [DOC]




Maria Synodi @
Connecticut State Department of Education, Room 369
P.O. Box 2219, 165 Capitol Avenue, Hartford, CT  06145-2219
Telephone: (860) 713-6941, Fax (860) 713-7023


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