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Early Childhood Education

Early Developmental Support

CAP Tulsa’s early childhood education program offers early intervention services for children newborn through 4-years-old with a developmental delay or disability.

CAP Tulsa’s FREE early childhood education programs provide children with learning experiences that address all developmental areas. Our early intervention services are available for children newborn through 4-years-old with a developmental delay or disability.  We work with children in inclusive learning environments with activities designed for their developmental levels. This lets them learn from each other as they strengthen their skills.  

 A child with a developmental delay may need extra help as they grow when compared to children their own age. A child can experience a delay in the following areas:

  • thinking and learning
  • speech and language
  • emotions and behavior
  • motor skills and movement
  • self-care and independence

If you see signs that your child is behind in any of these areas, your child may need an evaluation by a medical professional or therapist to determine if any delays exist.

What is Early Intervention?

Early intervention is noticing, diagnosing and addressing a delay at the earliest point possible.  Taking action early ensures that your child receives services to help them with their skills to improve their educational experience. At CAP Tulsa, teachers screen your child in five development areas while they attend CAP Tulsa. Teachers will make a referral to the Special Services team at CAP Tulsa if there is a concern. An early intervention agency or public school district will receive the referral for evaluation consideration.

Referrals for children under the age of 3-years-old are submitted to Oklahoma’s statewide early intervention provider, SoonerStart.  Referrals for children over the age of three are submitted to the local public school district where they live.

After evaluation, if the child is eligible for early intervention services, they will receive an Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP) or Individualized Education Program (IEP). This plan includes the goals to address any delays in the child’s developmental areas. The child will also begin receiving services in the home or school setting.

Evaluation Services

Evaluation Services are also available for children who qualify through the following providers:

  • SoonerStart (children under age three)
  • Your local public school district (children over age three)
  • Pediatricians
  • Psychologists
  • Child Development Specialists

For more information on special services for your child, contact CAP Tulsa’s Special Services team at (918) 382-3200.

CAP Tulsa follows the recommendations set forth by the CDC, the American Academy of Pediatrics, the National Center on Quality Teaching and Learning and the guidelines of services for children with disabilities under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).