Early Childhood - Ages 3-5
MSBSD Student Support Services offers programs designed for qualified students in Early Childhood. Below you will find district programs, partnerships and other resources geared for students aged 3-5.
Early Childhood Special Education Preschool
Students ages 3-5 with Individual Education Programs (IEPs) can receive services in an Early Childhood Special Education Preschool.
Services are determined by the IEP team. Children are identified through transition from Infant Learning, or through the Child Find identification process. If you are moving to the area and your child has a current IEP, please contact Student Support Services.
For the 2023-2024 school year, programs will be located at: Big Lake Elementary, Butte Elementary, Colony Middle School, Cottonwood Creek Elementary, Finger Lake Elementary, Goose Bay Elementary, Iditarod Elementary, Larson Elementary, Machetanz Elementary, Meadow Lakes Elementary, Palmer High School, Shaw Elementary, Tanaina Elementary, and Teeland Middle School.
Each program is staffed with an Early Childhood Special Education teacher and paraprofessionals. Students can receive the related services on their IEP on site (Speech therapy, occupational therapy, physical therapy, etc.) Special transportation is provided. All early childhood programs in the Mat-Su Borough School District use the Opening the World to Learning literacy curriculum, as well as Second Step, a social emotional curriculum.
Screening for educational and physical needs for children.
Project Childfind includes a screening to identify any educational or physical needs that must be addressed to enable the child to fully benefit from an educational program. Children with disabilities protected under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act or Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act may require special support services that can be provided through the Mat-Su School District. A Childfind team screens the child in areas of speech and language development, pre-academic skills, gross and fine motor skills, vision, hearing, social/emotional development, and general health. Find out more about ChildFind!