PPCD Preschool LRE
Least Restrictive Environment (LRE)
Least Restrictive Environment (LRE) is a requirement of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) for all children, including preschool children with disabilities. Because providing preschool classes is not a requirement for local education agencies, finding natural environments for preschool-aged children with disabilities to receive special education services can be a challenge for school districts.
LRE Solutions
Some possible solutions to this challenge include partnerships with Title I Prekindergarten programs, Head Start, and community-based childcare facilities. Title I programs are open to students who meet the income guidelines for eligibility (students with disabilities who do not qualify can also be included if they do not take away a slot from an eligible student). Head Start programs have a mandate that 10% of the students they serve must be students with disabilities. Community-based childcare centers can enter into agreements with local school districts in which training, personnel, and equipment can be exchanged for slots and/or tuition for children with disabilities.
Preschool LRE Environments/Settings Document
For more information about possible solutions or options for providing services to preschoolers with disabilities in the least restrictive environment, please review the Preschool LRE Environments/Settings Document.
Sarah Ford
Educational Specialist
(210) 370-5613
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