Preschool-age children in the State of Massacusettes with disabilities are eligible to receive a free and appropriate public education in the least restrictive environment. Parents and caregivers can make a referral for an evaluation for eligibility for preschool services if:
Any child who is found eligible for special preschool services must have an Individualized Education Program (IEP) or Individualized Family Services Plan (IFSP) set up by their 3rd birthday.
- You think your child has a disability
- Your child has received Early Intervention services
- You think your child will need additional services when he or she turns 3
Make sure the referral for an evaluation for preschool services is made at least 45 working days before your child’s 3rd birthday, or as early as possible.
If your child is enrolled in Early Intervention, a referral to your local school (local education agency) should occur when your child is 2 ½ years old.
Contact the school district in your city or town to learn more about Early Learning Services for children age 3-5. Ask to speak with the Administrator of Special Education at your school district. You may also contact the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care at 617-988-6600.