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Early Childhood Education (ECE)

Program Description

Issaquah School District provides a continuum of services for preschool students who qualify for special education services based on their individual needs. Students with a variety of special needs are served within the ECE classroom setting, alongside neurotypically developing peers who participate in the program as Community Preschoolers (see below). Services may include speech therapy, occupational and/or physical therapy services, support from a special education teacher, as well as vision, audiology and mobility services. All services are provided to the maximum extent possible within our inclusive preschool classrooms. Students who qualify for speech-language and/or motor services and are not enrolled in classrooms at our center, may receive therapy-only services on site. 


Program Locations: Briarwood Elementary, Discovery Elementary, and Holly Street Early Learning Center. 
Duration (days/time):  

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday.  Modified schedule of the ISD school calendar.

  • AM Class 9:15-12:15. 
  • PM Class 12:45 – 3:45

Eligibility Requirements: 

  • 3–5-year-olds who qualify for special education services as determined through an evaluation process  called Child Find and the student meets eligibility criteria. 
  • Enrollment is open year-round. 
  • Currently live within the boundaries of Issaquah School District. Attendance Map

Placement:  Home address determines the site-location and placement in a morning or an afternoon session.
Transportation:  District transportation is provided for students in the ECE. 

Tuition: Free for students who meet the eligibility criteria for the ECE Program.

If you have concerns in regard to a suspected delay in development for your child, please visit Child Find for more information.

Program Contact

Dr. Luisa Sanchez-Nilsen 
ECE Coordinator