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Early Childhood Program

What is the Gwinnett County Early Childhood Program?

A program designed with the developmental stages of the young child in mind. We offer a play-based curriculum through which the child's learning goals -- the Individual Education Program (IEP) -- can be addressed.

Our goal is to lead and support the education of young children, in partnership with families, and to provide each child with special needs a rich and challenging educational experience.


Who qualifies?

Any preschool child, 3, 4, or 5 years old, who is found eligible because he or she shows:

  • developmental delays.
  • attention or behavior problems.
  • speech and/or language difficulties.
  • hearing or vision impairments.
  • physical or medical disabilities.

Eligibility is determined through evaluation by a team of specialists with input from the parents. Learn more about our special needs preschool services.


Where are services provided?

Special Education Preschool Services are provided at a variety of locations throughout Gwinnett County. Based on your child's needs, IEPs may be addressed:

  • in your child's current preschool or day care center.
  • in a preschool or day care center working with GCPS.
  • in your home.
  • in a classroom housed within a Gwinnett County School.

These placements may be supported by one or more of the following:

  • parent training programs.
  • speech/language therapy.
  • occupational therapy.
  • physical therapy.
  • vision and hearing services.
  • transportation.
  • other services as needed.

There is no fee for any service offered.


When should I call?

Call now if you think your child may need our services. Children who qualify may be served as early as their third birthday.


Why are services offered?

Because we believe:

  • all children have the potential to learn and succeed.
  • success is best fostered by close collaboration between families and educators.
  • a "team" approach promotes development in all areas of a child's life.
  • early intervention does make a difference.


How do I apply for services?

To receive additional information, contact our parent referral line: (678) 301-7244, Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Preschool Information packet (click the links below to download): 

- English



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