Early Childhood Special Education
It is the responsibility of public school districts to provide eligible students with disabilities a free and appropriate public education (FAPE) in the least restrictive environment (LRE) based on the individual needs of the student. Children identified with a disability that adversely effects their education are eligible for special education services through an Individual Education Program (IEP). The IEP is developed by a team that includes the parent/guardian, SFUSD evaluators, other professionals working with the child, current teacher, translator as needed and any other representatives the family or district feels would be supportive in developing the program.
As the Early Education Department and Special Education Services continue to collaborate to jointly meet the unique needs of our students, changes in the location and type of services may change. The list below represents sites with Early Childhood Special Educators on staff. Please visit SFUSD's Early Education’s website for a comprehensive list of Early Education sites: www.sfusd.edu/schools/our-schools/early-education-school-sites. You can also view the information on this page in this downloadable pdf.
Early Childhood Special Education Assessment Unit
If you would like to request a special education assessment of your child please review the Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE) Preschool Intake Packet | Español | 中文 | Tiếng Việt. The Intake Packet includes a questionnaire and required documents that should be completed to help SFUSD assessors get to know your child, accurately address your concerns, and determine any assessment needs.
Phone: (415) 401-2525 x1101
Fax: (415) 920-5075
Assessment Unit Hours of Operation:
Monday through Friday 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM
*Currently Closed to the Public due to Covid 19. During this time you can contact this office via phone or email.
Location of Early Childhood Special Education Sites
- Argonne Integrated(Inclusion)
- Leola Havard Integrated(Inclusion) and Special Day Class (SDC)
- Jefferson Integrated(Inclusion)
- Las Americas Special Day Class (SDC)
- John McLaren Integrated(Inclusion) and Special Day Class (SDC)
- Presidio Integrated(Inclusion)
- San Miguel Integrated(Inclusion)
- Theresa Mahler Integrated(Inclusion)
- Tule Elk Park Integrated(Inclusion)
- Raphael Weill Special Day Class (SDC)
Location of Pre-K Special Education Sites
- Bryant PK-5 Special Day Class (SDC)
- Bessie Carmichael PK-8 Integrated(Inclusion)
- Cesar Chavez PK-5 Total Communication approach for students who are Deaf/Hard of Hearing (TC DHH)
- Dr. William Cobb PK-5 Integrated(Inclusion) and Special Day Class (SDC)
- Grattan PK-5 Special Day Class (SDC)
- John Muir PK-5 Special Day Class (SDC)
- Jose Ortega PK-5 Special Day Class (SDC)
- Lafayette PK-5 Auditory Oral approach for students who are Deaf/Hard of Hearing (A/O DHH)
- Malcolm X PK-5 Integrated(Inclusion)
- Frank McCoppin PK-5 Special Day Class (SDC)
- Paul Revere PK-8 Special Day Class (SDC)
- Sheridan PK-5 Special Day Class (SDC)
Early Childhood Special Education Settings
The following descriptions describe service delivery options available in Early Childhood Special Education settings to assist in the IEP development.
Related Services are designed to address specific, specialized interventions when
necessary for a student to benefit from their environment. A credentialed or licensed
specialist provides services. These services may include, speech and language therapy,
physical therapy, occupational therapy, vision services, orientation and mobility, nursing,
audiology services and behavioral health services.
Preschool Language Center
Speech and Language Specialists provide therapy to eligible preschool children,
generally in small groups housed in SFUSD school sites.
Itinerant Early Childhood Special Education Services
Early Childhood Special Education teachers provide a continuum of services to students
in their natural environment. Services can include consultation to family and staff as well
as direct support to the child. The goal of these services is to ensure goal progress,
access to curriculum/typical peers and maintaining the child’s current environment.
Integrated General Education Class (INT)
Early Childhood Special Education teachers monitor and provide support with IEP goals
in a SFUSD General Education setting with typically developing peers. This program is 4
hours, 5 days per week.
Special Day Class (SDC)
Early Childhood Special Education teachers provide intensive instruction with a small
teacher to student ratio to support goal progress and peer engagement. This program is
4 hours, 5 days per week.
Early Childhood Special Education Resources for Families
Golden Gate Regional Center provides services and supports to individuals with developmental disabilities in Marin, San Francisco and San Mateo counties. Visit ggrc.org for more information about eligibility and how to apply for services.
The Early Start program is California's early intervention program for infants and toddlers with disabilities and their families. Early Start services are available statewide and are provided in a coordinated, family-centered system. For more information regarding Early Start services and referrals, please contact the Early Start BabyLine at 800 – 515 – BABY (800 – 515 – 2229) or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Since 1982, Support for Families of Children with Disabilities has offered information, education, and parent-to-parent support free of charge to families of children with any kind of disability or special healthcare need and to the professionals who work with them in San Francisco.
Help Me Grow helps families and providers connect to the resources and referrals a child may need. Friendly, knowledgeable and multi-lingual staff at Support for Families will help decide which programs are right for your child and family. Support for Families phone line: 415-282-7494 M-F 9:30-4:30
San Francisco Inclusion Networks provides professional development to support the inclusion of young children with disabilities and their families in San Francisco’s early care and education programs. We are a program of Support for Families of Children with Disabilities. Visit supportforfamilies.org to learn about our parent organization.
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