• The Early Childhood Program (ECSE) is a free and public service provided by the Waynesville School District and services children who are three-years to kindergarten age with educationally disabling conditions. 

    Children with disabling conditions are those who demonstrate significant delays in one or more of these areas:

    • vision/hearing
    • speech/language
    • intellectual functioning
    • overall development
    • rate of learning and/or
    • social/emotional development
    The Early Childhood Special Education Program seeks to identify disabilities and delays as well as strengths for children.  To be eligible for the program, children must meet specific guidelines and criteria based on screening and evaluation procedures.  If the criteria is met, the staffing committee places the child into the program.

    The services provided by the Waynesville Early Childhood Special Education Program include assessment personnel, classroom teachers, speech therapists, clerical staff, occupational and physical therapists, teacher assistants, and a nurse.  Consultant services for hearing impaired, visually impaired, and social/emotionally impaired students are also available.