Early Intervention (Birth to 3)

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Early Intervention Re-Entry Plan

Please find a link to the COVID-19 reopening plan for the NCESD Early Intervention Program below:

Early Intervention Re-Entry Plan

Early Childhood Special Education

NCESD Preschool 619 Program Support (Age 3 to 5)


Support school district staff in the implementation of Special Education Early Childhood Outcomes data collection in every school district. Provide technical assistance and training updates to new staff as well as review for returning preschool program staff by request.

OSPI Child Outcomes Information

Checklist for Administrators regarding COSF Data


Support the smooth and timely Transition from birth-two (Part C) services to school district 3-5 (Part B) services. Provide assistance to district personnel in participation of the provision of Part C services.

OSPI Transition Information

Allowable Exceptions for Indicator 11 and 12

ESIT OSPI Transition Agreement (May 2013)


Provide school districts with technical assistance in reviewing existing Inclusion models in preschools as well as provide a variety of models for districts to explore in the move to an Inclusion model in preschools that currently provide services to students in Special Education.

OSPI Least Restrictive Environment Information


Provide training opportunities to preschool programs in the study of using good assessments, appropriate curriculum, and the use of progress monitoring in working with all students in Preschool programs.

Hold quarterly NCESD Early Childhood Coordinators’ Meetings in three locations to share the latest updates in all areas of preschool work. Schedule is below:

The next 2017 Early Childhood Special Education Meeting dates are:

March 17 Okanogan County 1-3 Omak Board Room

March 20 Grant County 10-12 Columbia Basin Tech Center

March 22 – Chelan and Douglas County 1-3 NCESD

May 10 – ZOOM web meeting 1-3 pm

Current Newsletter

For more information on trainings or quarterly meetings or to schedule technical assistance, please contact Janelle Bersch at 509.664.3781 or call Jackie Messer at 509-665-2630.

Family Resource Coordination

Washington State Family Resource Coordinators support and assist families to identify priorities then find and coordinate resources in the community to match those priorities.

The FRC may also coordinate:

  • The initial intake process for the family a Child’s evaluations
  • The development of an Individual Family Service Plan (IFSP) to address your child and family’s needs,
  • Information about resources available in your community to support your child and family
  • A transition plan to community programs including preschool special education


To be eligible, a child must have a 25% delay or show a 1.5 standard deviation below his or her age in one or more of the developmental areas including physical, cognitive, communication, social emotional or adaptive skills. A child may also be eligible if he or she has a physical or mental condition such as Down’s Syndrome that may have a high probability of developmental delay.

Local Lead Agencies

The Local Lead Agency in your community is responsible for ensuring that early intervention services are provided according to the law; the Individuals with Disabilities in Education Act or IDEA. Local Lead Agencies are the single point of entry for early intervention referrals.

The North Central Educational Services District is the Local Lead Agency for Early Intervention Services in Chelan and Douglas Counties.

Contact information:


The Fellows’ Network is a growing network Washington State educational leaders who expand their capacity to improve student learning through ongoing professional learning and leadership development within their local context and in partnership with school districts, educational service districts, community agencies, and state organizations.

Click here to learn more about the NCESD Fellows Network.


School Districts and Early Intervention

This document is from Washington State Department of Early Learning/ESIT.  It is Early Intervention Services according to IDEA, Part C – Considerations for School Districts.

Considerations for School Districts (2015)

Early Support for Infants and Toddlers

Washington State’s Early Intervention Program for infants and toddlers with developmental delays and their families. Early intervention services during the first years can make a big difference in a child’s life. Early Support for Infants and Toddlers (ESIT) provides services to children birth to 3 who have disabilities and/or developmental delays. Eligible infants and toddlers and their families are entitled to individualized, quality early intervention services in accordance with the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), Part C.


ECTA Center

Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center funded by the Office of Special Education (OSEP) programs. This website is built upon several OSEP funded technical assistance centers. It is improving systems, practices and outcomes.


National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities (NICHCY)

NICHY is very pleased to offer you a wealth of information on disabilities. We serve the nation as a central source of information on disabilities in infants, toddlers, children, and youth. Spanish translations available.


OSPI Early Childhood Special Education

Technical assistance resources for special education staff, administrators, and families of preschool children who receive special education services. This site has resources according to the three federal early childhood indicators of the State Performance Plan. The State Performance Plan is Washington’s plan for improving school district performance on the 20 federally required program indicators.


Autism Outreach Project


Autism Research Institute


Autism Society of Washington


Autism/PDD Resources Network


First Signs


The Arc of Washington State

Since 1936, the Arc of Washington State has been a leader in the development of services and programs for people with developmental disabilities.


Washington Pave

Focusing on parent advocacy (parents are vital in education).


Washington State Fathers Network

For fathers of children with special needs.


NCESD Kindergarten Readiness Brochure

North Central Educational Service District Early Learning and Kindergarten Readiness
North Central Educational Service District Early Learning and Kindergarten Readiness – Spanish

Our Early Intervention (Birth to 3) Staff

Ana Bernal

Ana Bernal

Birth - 3 Special Education Teacher

Brian Wilgus

Brian Wilgus

Occupational Therapist

Candie Sanchez

Candie Sanchez

Lead Family Resource Coordinator/Para

Janelle Bersch

Janelle Bersch

Early Childhood Coordinator

Josie Komorowski

Early Learning Coordinator

Karla Fahey

Karla Fahey

Autism Consultant/Birth-3 Special Education Teacher

Leah Harris

Leah Harris

Birth-3 Special Education Teacher

Leticia Mendoza

Leticia Mendoza

Speech Language Pathologist Assistant/Family Resource Coordinator

Lindsey Harvey

Lindsey Harvey

Speech Language Pathologist

Liz Williams

Liz Williams

Birth - 3 Social Worker

Luisa Hernandez

Luisa Hernandez

Family Resource Coordinator/Interpreter

Natalie Geisler

Natalie Geisler

Occupational Therapist

Nora Gonzalez

Nora Gonzalez

Family Resource Coordinator/Interpreter

Oralia Banuelos

Oralia Banuelos

Family Resource Coordinator/Para

Rocio McClellan

Rocio McClelland

Speech Language Pathologist

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