Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE)

  • Welcome to Early Childhood Special Education in Saint Paul Public Schools! ECSE provides special education services to children ages birth through entrance to kindergarten. Services are based on the setting of the child, such as:

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    • Community Preschools and Head Start 
    • SPPS PreK Classrooms and Co-taught PreK/ECSE Classrooms 
    • ECSE Classrooms 
    Each SPPS attendance area has a self-contained ECSE classroom. Children become eligible for ECSE through a special education evaluation at no cost to caregivers. An individualized special education plan developed by a team of special education providers, parents, and other team members describes the services provided based on a child’s strengths and needs. Learn more about ECSE programs.
    ECSE General Contact Information
    If your child currently receives Early Childhood Special Education services in another district and you are moving to St. Paul or if you live outside St. Paul and wish to open enroll your child in Early Childhood Special Education Services please call 651-744-8094 or email Melissa.Wallisch@spps.org.
    Making a Referral
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    If you are concerned about your child's development, contact Help Me Grow at 1-866-693-GROW.