Improving outcomes for children and their families by addressing and eliminating barriers to successful transition, assessment, and access to educational programming for California’s youngest children with disabilities across agencies throughout California.


To provide technical assistance, professional learning, and demonstration of tangible practices that have been proven successful in Part C to Part B evaluations under IDEA in the areas of Child Find and promote the use of evidenced-based practices & instructional strategies for preschool students with disabilities.


Learn more about our System of Support including our CalECSE Leadership, our Exemplar Leads and our Technical Assistance Facilitators.


Are you an LEA, Regional Center, or other agency partner engaging in IDEA Part C to B Evaluations, Preschool Assessments, or Preschool Child Find that is looking for resources or support?  If so, connect with us today!  Email us at info@calecse.org.

The California Early Childhood Special Education Network

Welcome to the California Early Childhood Special Education Network – A network of technical assistance, evidence-based practices, resources, and support for agencies supporting Early Childhood Special Education. 

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The CalECSE Organization

What is CalECSE

The California Early Childhood Special Education (“CalECSE”) Network was funded by the California Department of Education in April of 2022 to support the areas of 1) Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) Part C to B Evaluations, 2) Preschool Assessment Practices, and 3) Preschool Child Find. The CalECSE Network will leverage collaboration amongst agencies, dissemination of resources, highlighting of existing exemplar practices, and direct technical assistance to improve the capacity, knowledge and implementation of evidence-based practices across agencies throughout California. The CalECSE Network is committed to improving outcomes for children and their families by eliminating and addressing barriers to successful transition for California’s youngest children with disabilities.

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Statewide Support

CalECSE will support  Local Educational Agencies (LEAs), Special Education Local Plan Area (SELPAs), County Offices of Special Education (COEs), and other Agency Partners throughout California in the areas of IDEA Part C to B Transitions, Preschool Assessment Practices, and Preschool Child Find.


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Technical Assistance Facilitators

CalECSE provides regionalized support in California through a system of 11 service regions based on the California County Superintendents Educational Services Association (CCSESA). 

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Exemplar Leads

CalECSE Network Exemplar Leads connect with LEAs & other agencies seeking support or that have been identified to participate in high-quality technical assistance & professional learning opportunities.

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Our Support

Grantees of CalECSE

CalECSE Network Grantees are exemplary leaders and regionally based facilitators who have a passion for helping educators, early start providers, and teams create sustainable, evidence-based practices that support IDEA Part C to Part B transitions, assessments, and child find activities.

Funders of CalECSE

CalECSE is funded by the California Department of Education (CDE).

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News & Resources
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Interagency Collaboration Training Series

Don't miss this upcoming event for Interagency Collaboration Training Series - Establishing and Maintaining Highly Collaborative and Compliant Part C to B Transition practices that support positive outcomes for students and families

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Building ONE Team in Early Childhood (PDF)

CalECSE Virtual Book Collaboration Study with author Marc Purchin

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Assessment Team Leadership (PDF)

Join the CalECSE Network's team members for a virtual, no-cost training detailing how special education administrators can build and support successful and sustainable preschool assessment teams.

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Assessment Practices (PDF)

Learn how to conduct cross-cultural, non-discriminatory special education evaluations for English Language Learners in Early Childhood.

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Innovative and inclusive practices (PDF)

Join CalECSE Network team members for a virtual upcoming Community of Practice Group that will focus on how LEAs can develop and/or improve inclusion practices for preschool-age students!

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Child Find (PDF)

Join CalECSE Network team members for a virtual, no-cost training (via zoom) on obligations under the federal law, Child Find, and the plethora of resources available to California's youngest children.

Preschool LRE: Indicator 6 Reporting Resource Materials (New Window)

A collection of materials related to Indicator 6 reporting.