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Special Education

Lakota’s preschool program exists due to special education laws and regulations. Special education is guided by the federal law known as the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) 20 U.S.C. § 1400. This law was established to ensure all children with disabilities have access to receive a Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) in their Least-Restrictive Environment (LRE). Within that law, districts are required to provide a continuum of services that includes a variety of classroom types, including:

  • Preschool general education classrooms;
  • Integrated preschool classrooms; and
  • Specialized special education classrooms. 

For children who are eligible, districts are required to provide a continuum of services within the definition of least restrictive environment. Within that continuum is included (but not limited to) services within the home, at the service provider location, in special education classrooms, in integrated preschool classrooms, in co-taught classrooms, in regular education classrooms or in special schools. These models are lumped into classroom or Itinerant services.

Itinerant Services

Itinerant services means special education services which occur in the setting where the child, the child and parent, or the child and caregiver are located (i.e.-home, community preschool, community daycare/childcare, etc.). The type of LRE provided to each student is individual to that student and is determined through the special education evaluation process and subsequent Individual Education Plan(IEP) Team determinations.  

Eligibility Requirements

Students who qualify for special education services present with significant deficits in one or more of the following areas: communication, motor, social-emotional/behavioral functioning, cognitive/adaptive behavior, hearing or vision, as determined by a multidisciplinary team through a multi-factored evaluation. To be eligible for school services, the deficit(s) must be adversely affecting the child’s school performance or development. 


About Lakota Preschool

(Information for both typical and special education students)

Special Education Program

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Contact Us

To make a referral for special education services, please email or call 513-870-5378, ext. 3.

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