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Our Chicago Early Learning programs are designed to ensure all children, including those with suspected and identified disabilities, are provided with services and support.

disabilities POLICIES & PROCEDUREs/forms

Services for Children 0-3:

PROCEDURES FOR REFERRAL TO EARLY INTERVENTION BIRTH TO THREE PROGRAMS
This form is used to assist staff in completing the process for the referral to early intervention for a child with a disability. All steps of the referral process must also be documented in COPA under child’s case notes. 

EARLY INTERVENTION REFERRAL AND AUTHORIZATION TO RELEASE INFORMATION
This form needs to be signed by the parent in order to authorize agency to release child’s information to the Illinois Early Intervention program. Click here to download form in Spanish. 


Services for Children 3-5:

PROCEDURES FOR CPS REFERRAL AND SERVICES AGES THREE TO FIVE
This document provides guidance to the agency throughout the referral process and should be kept in the child’s disability file.  

HEAD START PARENT INVITATION LETTER 
This invitation letter is part of the Memorandum of Agreement between Chicago Public Schools, Department of Family and Support Services, and Ounce of Prevention. 

JOINT SCREENING REFERRAL CONSENT FORM
This form is part of the referral packet that agencies must submit with a child’s referral to Chicago Public Schools for a full and individual evaluation. The consent form is completed by agency staff reviewed with and signed by parents to allow the process to proceed. Click here to download form in Spanish.

DELEGATE AGENCY DISABILITIES ENROLLMENT STATUS REPORT 
This is form should be filled out at its entirety and submitted the 10th of each month to the agency’s assigned CPS/DFSS Disability SME and the assigned Education/Disability Support Service Coordinator (SSC). 

disabilities resources

Services for Children Who Do Not Qualify for IDEA -
https://eclkc.ohs.acf.hhs.gov/publication/services-children-who-do-not-qualify-idea

Serving Children with Disabilities and the 10 Percent Eligibility Requirement -
https://eclkc.ohs.acf.hhs.gov/publication/serving-children-disabilities-10-percent-eligibility-requirement

Supporting Interactions for Children with Disabilities or Suspected Delays-
https://eclkc.ohs.acf.hhs.gov/video/supporting-interactions-children-disabilities-or-suspected-delays

Facts About the American with Disabilities Act -
https://eclkc.ohs.acf.hhs.gov/human-resources/article/facts-about-americans-disabilities-act

Disability Services Coordinator Orientation Guide-
https://eclkc.ohs.acf.hhs.gov/children-disabilities/disability-services-coordinator-orientation-guide/disability-services-coordinator-orientation-guide