Student Eligibility for Early Intervention

  • Children may be eligible for early intervention between 3 to 5 years of age.

    Eligibility for services is based on:

    • A 25 % delay of their chronological age in one or more of the following developmental domains: cognition, communication, fine motor, gross motor, adaptive behavior or personal-social as compared to other children of that age. OR

    • A disability defined in IDEA/Chapter 14 such as autism, deaf-blindness, hard-of-hearing, deafness, visual impairment/blind, mental retardation,multiple disabilities, traumatic brain disorder, emotional disturbance,speech or language impairment, orthopedic impairment, other health impairment, specific learning disability, AND

    • The child’s profiles indicate that areas of difficulty are in need of specially designed instruction to support the activities of daily living in the home, school and community environment. A child will remain eligible for services until the child maintains age appropriate skills for 4 months.

    Once eligibility is determined through the evaluation process, then an individual education plan will be developed by the IEP team.

Child Screening/Evaluation Process

  • MIU IV has a screening and evaluation team in Butler, Lawrence, and Mercer counties. After a screening takes place, a preschool assessment team reviews the data and determines the need for further evaluation. After evaluation, if a child is eligible for services, an individual education plan (IEP) is developed. Children are then enrolled into preschool programs based on IEP team recommendations.


Preschool Assessment Team

  • Butler County:
    Mars Early Learning Center
    301 Arch Street
    Mars, PA  16046
    Phone: 724-282-0517
    FAX: 724-282-3825

    Lawrence County:
    Croton Elementary Early Intervention Site
    420 Fern Street
    New Castle, PA  16101
    Phone: 724-856-7571
    FAX: 724-856-7323

    Mercer County:
    Sharpsville Elementary School
    100 Hiddle Drive, Room 203
    Sharpsville, PA  16150
    Phone: 724-962-8300 x3223

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