The Early Education program is designed to assist schools and communities in the development, implementation, and evaluation of programs and services for young children (early childhood special education, 4-5 year old kindergarten, etc.). Program support services include provision of information and research on issues in early childhood education, consultation with special and regular education teachers in the areas of screening and assessment, classroom management, curriculum development, instructional methods, and materials and equipment selections. Special emphasis is placed on meeting the requirements of the State Performance Plan (SPP) - LRE/preschool options, child outcomes, and B-3 transition.
Additional services are: customized inservice training/workshops for regular and special education staff including Wisconsin Model Early Learning Standards (WMELS), facilitation of regional support networks (EC Forum and the Curriculum and Assessment Network), regular school site visits, and parent education presentations. The early education consultant also coordinates the IDEA preschool implementation minigrants and provides on-site support/leadership for minigrant recipients.
For more information contact:
Jen Kalis, M.S.E.
Early Childhood Director
(608) 786-4810; Toll Free (800) 514-3075
Gaye Tylka, M.S.E.
Early Childhood Consultant
Response to Intervention (RtI) Statewide Coordinator
(608) 786-4844; Toll Free (800) 514-3075
(608) 786-4840; Toll Free (800) 514-3075