Act 212, Section 103, definitions, refers to “Mutually Agreed Upon Written Arrangements” (MAWAs). These are agreements between the Department of Education and intermediate units, school districts, or other public or private agencies that comply with the Early Intervention Standards of the Department of Education. The Department enters into agreements with intermediate units and school districts across the Commonwealth to provide services and programs for eligible young children residing within the intermediate unit catchment area, who are not enrolled in school district kindergarten programs, or in the case of a school district, eligible young children residing within the school district. Intermediate units and school districts entering an agreement must provide appropriate early intervention services for the duration of the agreement and fulfill all federal and state requirements in the appropriate statutes and regulations.
The Evaluation Report summarizes the information from the evaluations and from the parents in the following areas:
- Cognitive skills
- Adaptive (self-help) skills
- Social/emotional skills
- Communication skills
- Gross and fine motor skills
The Evaluation Report will determine whether a child is eligible and in need of special education services. The report is shared with the IEP team, which includes the child’s parents.
What is an IEP?
An Individualized Education Program (IEP) is developed if a child has been determined to be eligible and in need of special education services, based on the conclusions of the Evaluation Report.
The IEP outlines the child’s educational goals and specially designed instruction necessary to demonstrate developmentally appropriate progress. The IEP is reviewed annually. The IEP can be revised at any time during the year at the request of any team member, including the parents.
What services are provided to my child?
Early Intervention preschool education services are tailored to meet the child’s individual educational needs.
Services might include:
- Specialized instruction
- Occupational therapy
- Physical therapy
- Hearing support
- Speech and language support
- Vision support
Services are provided in the least-restrictive educational environment in various placement locations throughout Montgomery County. Children may receive services individually or as part of a small or large group.
Screenings are completed in the area of speech and language for Head Start and Pre-k Counts families. The parents and the child’s teacher are asked to complete a questionnaire. During a screening, an Early Intervention staff member will meet with the parents and the child.