Family and Early Childhood Education
The Family and Early Childhood Education Program (FECEP)/Head Start is a full-day program that primarily serves children who are four years old by September 30. There are limited spaces available in select schools for children who are three years old by September 30. If your family qualifies for free or reduced school lunch or you are currently receiving Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits, you are eligible to apply. Enrollment is based on need; it is not based on a first-come, first-served basis.
FECEP/Head Start does not have classrooms in every elementary school, so your child may be accepted to a classroom that is not at his or her base school.
Early Childhood Special Education
Early Childhood Special EducationEarly Childhood Identification & Services (ECID&S) provides specialized instruction and related services to all children ages 2 through 5, who qualify under the Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA, Part B, Section 619). The ECID&S program ensures the provision of a Free and Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) in the Least Restrictive Environment (LRE) to all children who are found eligible at no cost to their families. The LRE means children with disabilities receive services in community-based environments whenever possible, and only receive services in a more restrictive environment when their individual needs require it. Services are based on an Individualized Education Program (IEP) which is developed in collaboration with FCPS staff members and the parents of each child eligible for early childhood special education services. If eligible, FCPS provides a continuum of special education instructional services.