Early Childhood Special Education
In Texas, special education and related services for eligible children with disabilities, aged three through five years, have historically been referred to as Preschool Programs for Children with Disabilities (PPCD). To align with language used nationally and promote the understanding that special education is a service delivered in the least restrictive environment and not a classroom specific location, references to PPCD are being phased out of TEA publications and will instead be referred to as Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE) services. This change has occurred this 2019-2020 Student Attendance and Accounting Handbook.
Education Service Center-Region 19 is dedicated to supporting Preschool Programs for Children with Disabilities and promoting evidence based practices in early childhood settings for three-to-five year old children.
Our services are designed for preschoolers with disabilities in both the general and special education classrooms and are available to Local Education Agencies (school districts and charter schools) and other community agencies (Early Childhood Intervention [ECI] and community preschools) to assist in the development and implementation of services and programs that meet federal, state, and local mandates for effective evaluation and appropriate intervention.
Upcoming trainings can be found by logging on to www.esc19.net. If you would like to receive specific updates on our trainings and services, please contact the PPCD staff members listed on the left.