The Individual with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA ’97/2004) gives every child with disabilities, including preschool children with disabilities, the right to a free and appropriate public education (FAPE). State and local education agencies are to provide this education in the Least Restrictive Environment (LRE). The assumption of the law is that consideration for placement of services for each child with disabilities will begin in the general education.
The Preschool LRE self analysis was designed to assist education agencies in assessing the quality of educational programming for preschool children with disabilities in the least restrictive environment.
The goals for this effort are to:
- increase the number of preschool students served in least restrictive settings
- assist districts in assessing their current preschool practices for children with disabilities
- improve the quality of services and collaboration with other service providers, i.e. child care centers, Head Start, parents, etc.