Early Childhood

The EACS Early Childhood Program (ECP) is located within New Haven Primary School. This program is designed for children aged 3-5 that live within the EACS boundaries and have special needs. Some of our students, however, do not have special needs and model developmentally appropriate behaviors. The morning program is designed for children that are three and young four, and the afternoon program is for children that are older four and five years of age. Children with special needs must be evaluated by our staff and then qualify under Article Seven guidelines (Indiana Special Education Law). Students without special needs can attend via our peer program. Each classroom is staffed by a certified teacher and a highly qualified paraprofessional. Occupational, Speech and Physical Therapy may also be provided depending on the needs of the child. Children that are eligible for kindergarten cannot be considered for this placement.

Another service that we may provide is walk in Speech Therapy at the child’s home school. EACS does not allow school choice for walk in Speech Therapy. The child will need to be evaluated and qualify under Article Seven in order to receive Speech Therapy.

Once a referral is made, the child is scheduled for testing. When the evaluation is completed, a case conference will be held to discuss results and determine eligibility. If the child qualifies for services, an Individualized Educational Plan (IEP) will be developed.

If you suspect your child has a delay in communication, motor, cognitive, adaptive or social skills, or your child has a significant medical diagnosis that is affecting growth in any area, or you would like more information about our peer program, please contact the Early Childhood Office at 260-446-0120. You may also contact Katie Lothamer, Program Supervisor, at [email protected] for more information.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Who can refer a child?
Many of our referrals come through First Steps. A parent or legal guardian may also make referrals.


How long does the process take?
If a child is in First Steps, the evaluation, case conference and start of services are in place before the child turns three. All other evaluations are completed and case conferences held within 50 school days.


How much does an evaluation cost?
There is no charge for our services.


If my child has a medical diagnosis of Autism, do they still have to be tested?
Yes, all students have to be evaluated in order to receive services. A medical diagnosis is not a guarantee that a placement will be made.


What do I need to bring to an evaluation?
You will need to provide a birth certificate, proof of residency and immunization record. Proof of guardianship is needed if you are not the biological parent.


Where can I get more information about Article Seven?
More information about Article Seven can be found on the Indiana Department of Education’s website:


Who should I contact about the peer program?
Kelly VanHorn at [email protected]


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