Early Childhood Services
Birth to Three Program
Infants and toddlers who are experiencing developmental delays or are at risk for delays may be eligible for early intervention services. Free developmental screenings are conducted throughout the year, followed by in depth evaluations, if needed. Developmental screenings are held in September and January of each year and/or by calling the Special Services Office at (605) 582-3446 to schedule an appointment.
If eligible, an Individual Family Services Plan (IFSP) is developed which outlines the services to be provided to the child and family. Services are provided in the child’s natural environment which usually includes the home or daycare setting. Depending on the severity of the child’s developmental delays, service providers (i.e. early childhood teacher, occupational therapist, physical therapist, speech/language therapist) may be employees of the school district or contracted personnel.
For more information about early intervention services for children birth to three years old in our area, call the Center for Disabilities at (605) 357-1439 or 1-800-658-3080 or visit their website at http://www.usd.edu/cd/birthto3/homepag.cfm.
Early Childhood Special Education Preschool Program (3 – 5 year olds)
A center-based preschool program is provided for children who have been evaluated and identified as having developmental delays.
Children attend two – four half day sessions per week; Monday – Thursday, depending on the child’s individual needs. Program activities may include free and structured play, gross and fine motor skills, speech/language skills, personal/social interaction, field trips, listening skills and kindergarten readiness skills.
Development screenings are held in September and January of each year and/or by calling the Special Services Office (605) 582-3446 to schedule an appointment.
For information on Head Start, please call the Interlakes Head Start Office at 1-800-896-4102.