Special Education

Assistive Technology Short Term Loan Library
A wide variety of assistive technology devices, equipment, software, and professional development materials are available free of charge to Arizona school personnel.
Publisher: Arizona Department of Education

These free, practice-based modules are designed to build early childhood practitioners’ abilities to make evidence-based decisions. They emphasize a decision-making process, realistic problems to solve, the importance of integrating multiple perspectives and sources of evidence, the relevance and quality of content, and feedback.
Publication Date: December 2018
Publishers: FPG Child Development Institute and University of Kentucky

DEC Recommended Practices
The DEC Recommended Practices highlight those practices specifically known to promote the outcomes of young children who have or are at risk for developmental delays/disabilities and to support their families in accordance with the DEC/NAEYC 2009 position statement on early childhood inclusion.
Publication Date: April 2014
Publisher: Division for Early Childhood of the Council for Exceptional Children

Early Childhood Environments: Designing Effective Classrooms
This module, a Division for Early Childhood recommended resource, offers information on how to set up effective inclusive early childhood classroom environments for young children. It also provides details about the interrelated physical, social, and temporal components of those environments, as well as adaptations to help teachers meet the needs of children with disabilities.
Publisher: The Iris Center, Vanderbilt University

Early Childhood Special Education Child Find
This webpage provides resources for Child Find, a component of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. It requires Public Education Agencies to locate, identify, and evaluate all children with disabilities, aged birth through 21, located within their boundaries of responsibility who need early intervention or special education services.
Publisher: Arizona Department of Education

Eligibility for the Arizona Early Intervention Program
This information defines eligibility for supports and services for children with developmental delay or having a condition which has a high probability of resulting in a developmental delay as defined by the state of Arizona.
Publisher: Arizona Department of Economic Security

Help for the Early Learning Professional 2.0
This resource manual provides comprehensive information on early childhood special education processes from Child Find and Early Intervention Transitions to Transition to School-Aged Services.
Publication Date: February 2013
Publisher: Arizona Department of Education, Early Childhood Special Education

Position Statement on Challenging Behavior and Young Children
This statement defines challenging behavior and social-emotional competence, provides a summary of Division of Early Childhood’s position on the identification of and intervention with challenging behavior, and offers recommendations to the early childhood special education and early care and education fields about positive approaches to preventing and addressing challenging behavior.
Publication Date: July 2017
Publisher: Division for Early Childhood

Raising Special Kids Help and Hope for Families
Raising Special Kids exists to improve the lives of children with the full range of disabilities, from birth to age 26, by providing support, training, information, and individual assistance so families can become effective advocates for their children.
Publication Date: 2022
Publisher: Raising Special Kids

The Preschool Child Find Process Flow Chart
This flow chart provides school districts the preschool child find process for children 2 years 9 months to 5 years old to identify children with possible disabilities.
Publication Date: December 2020
Publisher: Arizona Department of Education