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Referrals and Resources

Humboldt County Office of Education:

Special Education

Direct student services include the Special Beginnings program which provides early intervention services to children ages 0-5 years. These services are delivered in a variety of placements depending on the student’s age and needs.
Children aged three to five years may be referred to HCOE Special Beginnings by parents, teachers, physicians, community agencies or other concerned individuals with the parents’ consent. For students who are eligible for special education services, an Individual Education Plan will be developed based on the child’s identified needs.

Early Start: 0-3
Itinerant Preschool (they come to OUR preschool site to work with your child)

HCOE has six special education teachers and one speech/language pathologist who serve pre-Kindergarten children, ages three to five, throughout Humboldt county. Children are served in homes, preschools, home childcares, and other off-site settings. Each child is evaluated to determine eligibility for special education services. If they are eligible, an Individualized Education Program (IEP) is developed. We are proud of the dedication and passion of our itinerant teachers and their efforts to ensure that each child is as ready as he or she is able for transition to Kindergarten.


Special Day Classes:

Special Beginnings operates classrooms designed to serve young children with diagnoses of autism. One is operated jointly with Redwood Coast Regional Center under the Early Start program (see above); the others serve preschool-age children. All SDC’s are located on regular elementary school campuses to facilitate inclusion with typically developing children and to develop familiarity with the sights, sounds and routines of a regular school environment.

Parents are an integral part of on-going assessment and curriculum planning. Non-school providers are welcomed into to the classrooms to observe and meet with staff to ensure that students’ educational experiences transfer to other environments, and strategies and expectations are coordinated and consistent.