Head Start/Early Childhood Special Education Collaborative

A collaborative program that serves preschoolers with disabilities in a Head Start classroom. The classroom is designed and co-taught by the Head Start teacher and the Special Education Teacher. All children receive the comprehensive services provided by Head Start as well as the expertise of the EC Special Education Teacher and team.

Program Design:

  • Staffed with a Head Start teacher, an Early Childhood Special Education teacher and a Head Start teacher assistant
  • Speech and Language services for identified children
  • Supervision of the program
  • Comprehensive education program focusing on the whole child
  • Serving preschool children with special needs in an integrated setting
  • Research-based curriculum and assessment system
  • Management of data collection and progress reporting to parents
  • Comprehensive individualized educational program and implementation
  • Curriculum modifications responsive to an individual child's needs
  • Psychological services, direct and consultation, with program and families
  • Integrated team approach
  • Best practices for quality early childhood programming


Kathy Tirey
, 513.674.4203