Children aged three to five years may be referred to HCOE Special Beginnings by parents, teachers, physicians, community agencies or other concerned individuals with the parents’ consent. For students who are eligible for special education services, an Individual Education Plan will be developed based on the child’s identified needs.
Children under age three may be referred to the Redwood Coast Regional Center Early Start Coordinator or to the HCOE Special Beginnings Program Manager. We work closely with the Regional Center to provide special education services to forty infants and toddlers who are eligible for the California Early Start program.
HCOE has three special education teachers dedicated to serving children under age three: two are itinerant and visit children in homes and other community settings, and one teaches a self-contained class for children recently diagnosed with autism. We pride ourselves on our dedication to working closely with other community agencies and providers, and supporting parents as they learn about their “special” child so the best possible outcomes can be attained. Every eligible child has an Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP) with appropriate goals based on assessment.
Special Day Classes
Parents are an integral part of on-going assessment and curriculum planning. Non-school providers are welcomed into to the classrooms to observe and meet with staff to ensure that students’ educational experiences transfer to other environments, and strategies and expectations are coordinated and consistent.