Early Childhood Special Education

Leavenworth USD 453 realizes the importance of early intervention, especially for children who have developmental delays/disabilities. Our early childhood special education (ECSE) program is designed so young children (3 - 5 years of age, not eligible for kindergarten) receive educational benefit in accordance with their abilities. Children must qualify under federal and state guidelines to be eligible for these services. Services are provided in the least restrictive environment as determined by the multidisciplinary evaluation team.


Leavenworth USD 453 offers developmental screenings for children from birth to 5 years of age who reside within the school district boundaries or attend a private/community-based preschool, are not kindergarten eligible, and are suspected of having developmental delays in one or more of the following domains:

  • Fine and gross motor
  • Speech and language
  • Self-help skills
  • Cognition/pre-academic skills
  • Social/emotional/behavior skills
  • Hearing
  • Vision


Screenings are held in collaboration with our Tiny-K partners and are conducted by licensed professionals. If you have a child and you are concerned about his or her development, please call the Leavenworth Special Education Department at 913.684.1507 to schedule an appointment at one of our screening dates listed below.

  • August 28, 2020
  • September 25, 2020
  • October 23, 2020
  • November 13, 2020
  • December 11, 2020
  • January 22, 2021
  • February 26, 2021
  • March 26, 2021
  • April 23, 2021
  • May 14, 2021
Screenings are held at Nettie Hartnett Education Center, 1000 3rd Avenue, Leavenworth, KS, from 8:30 - 11:30.



Evaluations are conducted in the particular domains deemed necessary based on the screening results. The evaluation collects all information necessary to determine eligibility and if there is need for the development of an Individualized Education Plan (IEP). The evaluation is conducted by a multidisciplinary team of education professionals and the parents/legal guardians.

Service Delivery Options

Once the team has determined the child is eligible for ECSE services, discussion is held to determine the frequency, location, and duration of these services. Service delivery models are:

  • Home setting
  • Daycare provider home
  • Community-based early childhood classroom
  • Regular education early childhood classroom
  • ECSE integrated classroom
  • Combination model (classroom/itinerant/home-based)


Related Services

Related services are available in the following areas:

  • Speech-language Therapy
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Physical Therapy
  • Vision
  • Hearing
  • Transportation

Peer Model Program


Peer Model students are typically developing children who reside within the school district boundaries and are included in our ECSE integrated classrooms. All children benefit from multiple opportunities to interact with their peers and learn appropriate social behavior and play skills from one another. A child who wishes to be a peer model must go through a developmental screening to ensure they demonstrate age-appropriate skills in the areas of play, social, behavior, speech, language, and motor. Peer models must be toilet-trained.