SFUSD Early Childhood Special Education Services

Early Childhood Special Education

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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. 

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
Email: ecreferrals@sfusd.edu
Fax: (415) 920-5075 

Assessment Unit Hours of Operation:

Monday through Friday 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Office Hours are 8:00am - 4:30am. 


Location of Services 

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 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.





Start/End Time

Argonne EES 


750 16th Ave, 94118 


8:40 - 12:40

Bryant PK-5 


2641 25th St, 94110 


7:50 - 11:50

Bessie Carmichael PK-8 


375 7th St, 94103 


9:30 - 1:30

Cesar Chavez PK-5 


825 Shotwell St, 94110 


8:40 - 12:40

Dr. William Cobb PK-5  INT and SDC  2725 California St, 94115  415-749-3505 8:40 - 12:40

El Dorado PK - 5


70 Delta St, 94134


7:50 - 11:50

Frank McCoppin PK-5  SDC 651 6th Ave, 94118    415-750-8475   9:30 - 1:30

Grattan PK-5 


165 Grattan St, 92117 


7:50 - 11:50

Jefferson EES 


1350 25th Ave, 94122 


8:40 - 12:40

John McLaren EES  INT and SDC  2055 Sunnydale Ave, 94134  415-469-4519 8:40 - 12:40

John Muir PK-5 


380 Webster St, 94117 


8:40 - 12:40

Jose Ortega PK-5 


400 Sargent St, 94132 


7:50 - 11:50

Las Americas EES  SDC  801 Treat St, 94110  415-695-5746 8:40 - 12:40

Lafayette PK-5 


4545 Anza St, 94121 


7:50 - 11:50

  Leola Havard EES    INT and SDC  1520 Oakdale Ave, 92124  415-695-5660   8:40 - 12:40

Malcolm X PK-5 


350 Harbor Rd, 94124 


8:40 - 12:40

Paul Revere PK-8 


555 Tompkins Ave, 94110 


9:30 - 1:30

Raphael Weill EES  SDC  1501 O’Farrell St, 94115  415-749-3548 7:50 - 11:50

San Miguel EES 


300 Seneca Ave, 94112 


8:40 - 12:40

Sheridan PK-5 


431 Capitol Ave, 94112 


7:50 - 11:50

Theresa Mahler EES  INT  990 Church St, 94114  415-695-5871 8:40 - 12:40

Tule Elk Park EES 


2110 Greenwich St, 94123 


8:40 - 12:40


EED – Early Education Site  T/C DHH – Total Communication approach for students who are Deaf/Hard of Hearing 

 INT – Integrated(Inclusion)  A/O DHH– Auditory Oral approach for students who are Deaf/Hard of Hearing

SDC – Special Day Class 



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

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 behavior intervention 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

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

California's Early Start Program

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 earlystart@dds.ca.gov.


CDE’s EED’s Web Page to Support Early Education Professionals and Families of Children with Disabilities Now Available

The CDE's EED launched a web page dedicated to resources to support the field of early education professional and families of children with disabilities to increase identification, access, participation and supports of children with disabilities in early care and education programs. The web page will soon include a matrix and additional resources will continually be added at https://www.cde.ca.gov/sp/cd/op/ieeresources.asp.

CDE’s EED’s Dual Language Learner (DLL) Support Web Page is Now Available

The EED has created a dual language learner (DLL) support web page. This web page provides technical support, guidance, and resources for the identification, reporting, and support of dual language learners in California State Preschool Programs. We are excited to provide this web page for easy access and reference to resources and supports.

The DLL Support Webinar Series recordings and PowerPoint presentations, as well as other support materials for the field will soon be posted on this web page. We will continue to update and add additional resources and support materials in the future. You may access the DLL Support web page at https://www.cde.ca.gov/sp/cd/ci/dllsupport.asp.

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This page was last updated on November 14, 2023