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Early Childhood (Ages 3-5)

Early childhood services focus on age-appropriate growth during the critical early years. Through coaching, and in collaboration with community partners, supports are designed for families to implement in their daily home routines and in other early childhood settings. Special Education services are available to children ages 3-5, who through an evaluation have been identified as having a disability and as needing services. The AEA is the agency within the state of Iowa that has been given the responsibility for identifying children with special needs. The AEA works closely with school districts to provide the services which children need.

How do I make a referral for AEA services?

  • Parents: If you are concerned about your child’s learning and/or development, please call 712-366-0503.
  • Teachers in a school-based preschool: Referrals may be made by contacting your Early Childhood Consultant, Special Education Representative, or other appropriate staff (i.e. SLP for speech/language concerns). Provide your contact person with the date you discussed the referral with the child’s parent.
  • Medical providers and outside agencies/center-based providers: Referrals may be made by calling 712-366-0503. You will need to provide basic information about the child as well as the date that you spoke with the child’s parent about making the referral.