Department Overview

  • The McCall-Donnelly School District Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE) Program

    This school-based program is designed for children who have a demonstrated delay in their development. It is intended to help each child reach his/her most independent level of functioning.

    To view Ms.Barcas' preschool page click here

    The McCall-Donnelly ECSE program offers a range of educational and related services in order to meet the needs of these children aged 3-5 years old as specified in their Individualized Education Plans (IEP).

    • Preschool classes
    • Speech & Language Therapy
    • Occupational Therapy
    • Physical Therapy

    What is the Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE)?

    All school districts are required by federal law to provide free educational and related services to children 3 to 21 years old with developmental delays or disabilities. The McCall-Donnelly School District staffs and maintains a preschool four days/week for eligible 3 to 5 year old children. This program  offers individualized preschool curricula that focus on the developmental and functional needs of its students within a preschool environment. Five developmental areas provide this focus.

    • Communication
    • Cognitive
    • Motor Skills
    • Self-help
    • Social/Emotional

    How do I find out if my child may attend the Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE) program?

    The district engages in an ongoing Child Find process to locate and identify children with disabilities in need of special education and related services. The McCall-Donnelly School District holds Child Find screenings in the fall and the early winter (monthly by appointment also) at the McCall-Donnelly Preschool. A screening will:

    • Provide child development information to parents
    • Provide nationally normed developmental testing results
    • Inform the public of special education programs and rights.
    • Develop a list of potential preschool students
    • Provide the district's Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE) team an opportunity to obtain developmental information based upon observation and interaction with a child.

    What to expect at the screening?

    At the screening, children will work with a teacher and  a speech-language pathologist for 45-60 minutes. Parents will be asked to fill out a developmental/health questionnaire with the school psychologist. Hearing may also be checked.

    When are Child Find/Screenings scheduled?

    We have one full day of Child Find and screening monthly. Click here to see a flyer with dates.

    Contact Information:

    Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE) Teacher  -Stacey Barcas

    McCall-Donnelly Developmental Preschool
    125 N Samson Trail, McCall, ID 83638
    Fax 634-4695

    What if my child does not demonstrate any delays? Can he/she attend the program?

    If your child is on track developmentally, you will be given information on activities that can be done at home to help you further help your child become ready for Kindergarten.

    What if there is a need for further evaluation?

    A referral to consider special education and consent for assessment would be reviewed with parents.  At the time that consent for more testing is given, the district must complete the evaluation within 60 days. Parents will also receive a copy of Procedural Safeguards.