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Preschool IEP Road Map
Preschool-age children with a disability may be eligible for an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) that provides special education and related services through MCPS.
There are two main on-ramps to the IEP process for 3- to 5-year-olds. Which of these applies depends on whether the child is already receiving services through the Montgomery County Infants and Toddlers Program:
1. Children Receiving Services Through the Infants and Toddlers Program
Montgomery County Infants and Toddler Program (MCITP) provides early intervention services to children, birth to age 3, with developmental and special needs. If your child is receiving services through MCITP:
2. Children Not Currently Served Through the Infants and Toddlers Program
If your child is not receiving services through Montgomery County Infants and Toddlers Program:
Do you have concerns about a younger child?
If you have concerns about a child younger than 34½ months, contact Montgomery County Infants and Toddlers Program or complete an online referral here.
Do you have concerns about an older child?
Parents of students in kindergarten and above should contact their neighborhood school to request an evaluation. For rising kindergartners, you'll contact your neighborhood school, rather than Child Find, once it gets to be late spring. See the xMinds IEP Roadmap for navigating the process for kindergartners to age 21.