Special Education
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Special Services Early Childhood Screening

The Sioux Falls School District believes that the early years of a child’s life are critical in their lifelong development. The District offers programs for eligible children ages 3 through the time they enter Kindergarten. The Early Childhood Program is free for qualified families and parental involvement is a critical part of the screening process. By contacting the early Childhood Screening and Evaluation Office and making an appointment for a screening, parents/guardians can learn if their child may be eligible for a preschool experience in the District.

Screenings for infants and toddlers happen in the home or other familiar environments. Day or evening appointments for preschool screenings are located at the Learning Lab or at local child care facilities if requested for multiple children.

To make an appointment for a screening, please call (605) 367-8488.
Learning Lab
2205 N. Career Ave.
Sioux Falls, SD 57107

Infant and Toddler Services

Infant and toddler services are available to children birth to age three who are determined to have a delay in their development through a multi-disciplinary evaluation. Services are provided in the home or natural setting as determined by the Individual Family Service Plan team.

Early Childhood Preschool Experiences

The Sioux Falls School District has quality early childhood experiences available for eligible children ages three through the time they enter Kindergarten. A research-based curriculum, High/Scope, actively engages children in developmentally appropriate activities to encourage language, social, cognitive, adaptive, and motor development as outlined in the South Dakota Early Learning Guidelines. Preschool experiences are planned by highly qualified staff and funded with dollars provided by federal and local initiatives such as Head Start, Title 1, and Special Education. Contact the Early Childhood Screening and Evaluation Office at (605) 367-8488 and make an appointment for a screening.

Preschool is held at these Elementary Schools:

  • Anne Sullivan
  • Cleveland
  • Garfield
  • Harvey Dunn
  • Hawthorne
  • Hayward
  • Laura B. Anderson
  • Lowell
  • R. F. Pettigrew
  • Terry Redlin

Early Childhood Special Education

The Sioux Falls School District has programming available for the full continuum of special education programs available for Individual Education Program (IEP) teams to consider. Each student’s IEP is developed, reviewed, and revised by the IEP team as they consider the strengths and needs of the student, concerns of the parent, results of the initial or most recent evaluation, academic, developmental, and functional needs of the student, and as appropriate, the results of the student’s performance on any general state or district-wide assessments. A statement of the special education and related services and supplementary aids and services to be provided to the student, or on behalf of the student, is included in the document. If a parent/guardian has questions about their student’s IEP, contact the building case manager or principal with questions or to ask for an IEP meeting.

The Early Childhood Special Education Program provides an individualized approach to instruction for children birth to school age. The child must demonstrate a developmental delay or disability to be eligible.
Developmental skills are pre-tested and post-tested to show gains while in the program. The program stresses:

  • Concrete, manipulative, and sensory teaching methodologies, including movement.
  • A sequenced developmental approach to learning.
  • Home visits to develop activities in the home routine to support learning.
  • The belief that parents can help reinforce learning in the home and school, a parent/school partnership. 

All Early Childhood Special Education locations provide for interdisciplinary team planning, interagency involvement as appropriate, transition activities to prepare for the next program needs, and parent involvement activities. 

The infant and toddler components are located at Learning Lab with all services to infants and toddlers delivered in their natural environment.

Learning Lab
2205 N. Career Ave.
Sioux Falls, SD 57107
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  • Family income is equal to or below the poverty line.
  • Family is eligible for or in the absence of child care, would be potentially eligible for public assistance including TANF, Foster Child, and/or Homeless.
  • Be at least 3 years old and no older than 5 before September 1st.