Early Childhood


Early Childhood Intervention (ECI)

It's never too early to ask for help.

  • Klaras Children's Center ECI (KCC ECI) is an Early Childhood Intervention (ECI) Program that serves families of children who are birth to third birthday and who have problems with development and/or behavior.

    KCC ECI serves families that live in McLennan, Hill, Bosque, Falls, Limestone, and Freestone counties in the state of Texas, in the U.S.A.


    Phone: (254) 297-7089 | Toll free: 1-866-752-3451

  • Texas Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services (DARS)


    DARS Inquiry Line


Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE) Referral Process

  • Parents of children ages 3-5 years who suspect their child meets eligibility criteria (as outlined above) AND demonstrate a need for individual and specially designed instruction can contact school district personnel anytime during the school year.
  • An information gathering process is completed over the telephone and a follow up appointment is scheduled to complete required forms. Proof of residency (gas/electric/water bill or lease agreement) will be required at the appointment.
  • Upon completion and filing of all required paperwork, another appointment is scheduled for testing with the child.
  • Following the testing appointment (approximately one hour), the assessment team will informally discuss results with the parents and offer information about the next steps. A formal evaluation report, including eligibility and recommendations, will be generated and mailed to the parent later.
  • Next, an Admission Review and Dismissal (ARD) meeting will be held at a district campus to formally discuss evaluation results and determine eligibility and appropriate services.
  • Services begin after registration is completed and verified by the receiving campus.

ECSE Eligibility

A child is eligible for enrollment in free prekindergarten if he or she is at least four years of age by Sept. 1, and meets at least one of the following criteria:
TEA PreK Eligibility

  • Be unable to speak and comprehend the English language
  • Be educationally disadvantaged, which means a student eligible to participate in the national free or reduced-price lunch program
  • Be homeless, as defined by 42 United States Code (U.S.C.) Section 1143a, regardless of the residence of the child, of either parent of the child, or of the child's guardian or other person having lawful control of the child
  • Be the child of an active duty member of the armed forces of the United States, including the state military forces or a reserve component of the armed forces, who is ordered to active duty by proper authority;
  • Be the child of a member of the armed forces of the United States, including the state military forces or a reserve component of the armed forces, who was injured or killed while, serving on active duty;
  • Be in, or have been in, the conservatorship of the Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) following an adversary hearing held as provided by Section 262.201, Family Code;
  • Be the child of a person eligible for the Star of Texas Award as a peace officer (3106.002), firefighter (3106.003), or emergency medical first responder (3106.004).

For more information about state-funded 3- and 4-year old prekindergarten, TEA's Early Childhood FAQs

ECSE Program

Early Childhood Special Education services are offered to students aged three through five. Parents are encouraged to be active participants in all phases of the educational process. Instruction is based on an individual education plan that is determined after evaluation has been completed. There may be several instructional personnel working together for the benefit of the student. These staff members may include, but are not limited to, an educational diagnostician, speech pathologist, nurse, special education teacher, instructional aide, occupational and/or physical therapist. ECSE placement is based on evaluation, eligibility and the student’s IEP. Below are the Continuum of Placement Options for students with disabilities ages three to five in our district.

Children who meet eligibility criteria according to the Texas Education Agency (TEA) in one or more of the following disabilities may receive services:

  • Autism (AU)
  • Auditory Impairment (AI)
  • Deaf Blindness (DB)
  • Emotional Disturbance (ED)
  • Intellectual Disability (ID)
  • Non-Categorical Early Childhood (NCEC)
  • Orthopedic Impairment (OI)
  • Other Health Impairment (OHI)
  • Learning Disability (LD)
  • Speech Impairment (SI)
  • Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
  • Visual Impairment (VI)

If you think your child might have a disability and meets the eligibility criteria, please contact Lisa Cochran (Coordinator of Special Education at 254-761-5625 ext. 1179).

Pre-K Guidelines

Pre-K Parent Resources


    *ECSE contact person:  Lisa Cochran, Coordinator of Special Education/ECI, 761-5625, ext 1179