Early Childhood Special Education


  • Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE) is an Edina Public Schools program that provides intervention to young children, age birth to kindergarten, who show developmental delay in the general areas of speech and language, large and fine motor skills, social and emotional behavior, cognitive and/or adaptive skills, or have vision or hearing losses.

    I have concerns about my child’s development. Where can I turn?

    It can be worrying if you feel your child isn’t meeting their milestones. You can request an educational evaluation if you have concerns or suspect delays in your child’s development. This evaluation will be done at no direct cost to the family, provided by our school district.

    What if my child qualifies for special services?

    After a child receives a formal evaluation to identify specific needs, trained ESCE teachers and specialists will work with parents and child. From birth to age three, these Special Education services are delivered to the child primarily in his/her home or child care center. From age three to kindergarten, children receive these services at the Edina Early Learning Center or possibly a community preschool or daycare.

    What is parent involvement for ECSE?

    Parental involvement is guaranteed every step of the way. From birth to age three, a child’s education is outlined in the Individual Family Service Plan (IFSP). After age three, a child’s educational goals and objectives are outlined in an Individual Education Plan (IEP). Parents play a key role in developing the child’s plans.

    How does ESCE staff support children and families?

    The ESCE staff help children do the best they can through their individualized program plans (IFSP and IEP) geared to promote development, based on each child’s assessed level of function and need.  They also support and educate families to help promote the abilities and work with the challenges of children who have special needs. Additionally, they provide parents with important information about community-based experiences for their children.

    For more information about ECSE and/or to schedule a formal evaluation, please contact us: 952-848-4236.

Quote: When you have an early diagnosis, it can be scary. Knowing my son Oskar was getting some help was a life saver-parent
  • Contact Us


    Edina Public Schools
    Early Childhood Special Education
    Early Learning Center
    5701 Normandale Road
    Edina, MN 55424

    952-848-4236
    952-848-4239 (fax)

    Hours: 8am - 4pm, M-F

    Lisa Hawthorne, ECSE Coordinator
    952-848-4223

    Report an Absence


    To report an absence, call 952-848-4236.

    To cancel busing for an absence, call Transportation Services at 952-848-4979.

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