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Connecticut preschool special education needs assessment


This report summarizes the results of a needs assessment conducted in order to understand and describe early childhood services for preschool-age children with an Individualized Education Program (IEP) in the state of Connecticut. In collaboration with the Connecticut State Department of Education (CSDE), NIEER developed survey protocols to collect information about the quality of the environments in which 3-, 4-, and 5-year-old preschoolers in Connecticut receive services as part of their IEP. This report summarizes the findings on preschool program characteristics, the least restrictive environment (LRE), the development of IEPs, engagement with the Early Learning and Development Standards (ELDS), curriculum practices, assessment, professional development, classroom practices, and family engagement. Overall, the report highlights areas of strong alignment to best practices and areas that would benefit from additional professional development across preschool programs in CT. All data is self-reported from surveys to Directors of Special Education, ECE Supervisors and Site Directors across the state. (author abstract)

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United States

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