The VBISD Special Education Early Childhood Department is comprised of a variety of services and programs to meet the educational needs for eligible children from age birth to entering kindergarten. Children age birth-to-three are served through the Early On Program and the Early Intervention Program. For children age three to entering kindergarten, services are provided through Project Find, Early Childhood Special Education Classrooms, and special education related service provider located in each local school district within VBISD. Services and programs to preschool aged children may also be provided through other VBISD special education departments. These include: programs/services for students with autism spectrum disorder, hearing impairments, significant cognitive or physical impairments.
Eligibility for services is based on the child meeting specific criteria or conditions defined by the Michigan Department of Education and will be identified on an Individual Family Service Plan (IFSP) or Individual Educational Plan (IEP) that is developed with the parents after initial evaluations are completed. The diagnostic services that will collect information to determine if a child is eligible for services is the Early On program for infants and toddlers (up to age 3) and the Project Find Program for children age 3 to entering kindergarten.