Student Eligibility for Early Intervention
Children may be eligible for early intervention between 3 to 5 years of age.
Eligibility for services is based on:
• A 25 % delay of their chronological age in one or more of the following developmental domains: cognition, communication, fine motor, gross motor, adaptive behavior or personal-social as compared to other children of that age. OR
• A disability defined in IDEA/Chapter 14 such as autism, deaf-blindness, hard-of-hearing, deafness, visual impairment/blind, mental retardation,multiple disabilities, traumatic brain disorder, emotional disturbance,speech or language impairment, orthopedic impairment, other health impairment, specific learning disability, AND
• The child’s profiles indicate that areas of difficulty are in need of specially designed instruction to support the activities of daily living in the home, school and community environment. A child will remain eligible for services until the child maintains age appropriate skills for 4 months.
Once eligibility is determined through the evaluation process, then an individual education plan will be developed by the IEP team.
Child Screening/Evaluation Process
MIU IV has a screening and evaluation team in Butler, Lawrence, and Mercer counties. After a screening takes place, a preschool assessment team reviews the data and determines the need for further evaluation. After evaluation, if a child is eligible for services, an individual education plan (IEP) is developed. Children are then enrolled into preschool programs based on IEP team recommendations.
Preschool Assessment Team
Mars Early Learning Center
301 Arch Street
Mars, PA 16046
Croton Elementary Early Intervention Site
420 Fern Street
New Castle, PA 16101
Sharpsville Elementary School
100 Hiddle Drive, Room 203
Sharpsville, PA 16150
Phone: 724-962-8300 x3223