Early Development Parent Resources

Milestone Tracker Mobile App (Ages 2 months through 5 years)

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently announced its free new app, the Milestone Tracker, which allows users to track their child’s development in a fun and easy way. This mobile app is a recent addition to CDC’s popular suite of free, family friendly materials available through the Learn the Signs. Act Early. program. The Milestone Tracker gives parents 1) tips to help their child learn and grow; 2) a way to track milestones and recognize delays; and 3) the ability to share this information with their child’s healthcare provider. Specifically, the app offers the following:

  • Interactive milestone checklists for children ages 2 months through 5 years, illustrated with photos and videos
  • Tips and activities to help children learn and grow
  • Information on when to act early and talk with a doctor about developmental delays
  • A personalized milestone summary that can be easily shared with doctors and other care providers
  • Reminders for appointments and developmental screenings

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An Introduction to Special Education

Child Find

The school district is required to identify children with disabilities attending private schools in the district, including religious schools.  Any child suspected of having a disability could be referred to the school district for evaluation.  The school district will gather an IEP team including staff from the public and private schools, parents, and others.  The district also has an obligation to find other children with disabilities who live in the district.  Source: CESA7

Disability Areas and Determination of Eligibility

How to Navigate the Special Education Process for Your Child 

Parent Placement in Private School 

Parents have a right to choose to send their child to a private school.  If parents choose to send their child to a private school, there may be no special education services from the district or the services may be limited.  The district must offer FAPE (Free Appropriate Public Education) in the public school, but the child does not have an individual right to special education or related services in a private school.  In consultation with representatives of private schools and parents of private school children, the district where the private school is located decides what services it will provide, which children will be served, and how and where they will be served.  The district must spend a part of its federal special education money on this group of children.  Each private school child being served by a district also has a Services Plan that lists any services the district will provide (transportation, speech, etc.).    Source: CESA7

Special Education in Plain Language