SVSS Services

Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE)

IDEA 300.25 Infant or toddler with a disability.
Infant or toddler with a disability-

(a) Means an individual under three years of age who needs early intervention services because the individual -

(1) Is experiencing developmental delays, as measured by appropriate diagnostic instruments and procedures in one or more of the areas of cognitive development, physical development, communication development, social or emotional development, and adaptive development; or
(2) Has a diagnosed physical or mental condition that has a high probability of resulting in developmental delay; and

May also include, at a State's discretion -

(1) At-risk infants and toddlers; and
(2) Children with disabilities who are eligible for services under section 619 and who previously received services under Part C of the Act until such children enter, or are eligible under State law to enter, kindergarten or elementary school, as appropriate, provided that any programs under Part C of the Act serving such children shall include -

(i) An educational component that promotes school readiness and incorporates pre-literacy, language, and numeracy skills; and
(ii) A written notification to parents of their rights and responsibilities in determining whether their child will continue to receive services under Part C of the Act or participate in preschool programs under section 619.

(Authority: 20 U.S.C. 1401(16) and 1432(5))

Souris Valley Special Services employs an Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE) consultant and a social worker to assist families and schools ensure young children receive the services necessary. To qualify for ECSE services, the child must be 3 - 5 years old and have at least one of thirteen disabilities as listed under federal law: Part B of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). School level special educators and related service providers implement the services based on the child's Individualized Education Plan (IEP).

If you cannot fully access the information on any web page of this site, please let us know the accessibility issue you are having by contacting, Alison Dollar at (701) 857-4410 or by e-mail at

We will try to provide the information to you in an alternate format and/or make the necessary improvements to make the information accessible. If you would like to file a formal grievance under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, you may contact our Section 504 coordinator, Alison Dollar, Director at 1370 20th Ave SW., Minot ND, (701) 857-4410 or by e-mail at

The Souris Valley Special Services Unit is committed to maintaining a learning and working environment free from discrimination and harassment in all employment and educational programs, activities, and facilities. The Unit prohibits discrimination and harassment based on a student, parent/guardian, employee and/or applicant's race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, national origin, ancestry, disability, age, or other status protected by law, in admission or access to, or treatment or employment in, its programs or activities.

The Unit's nondiscrimination policy (pdf)

For inquiries regarding the nondiscrimination policies, or to file a complaint of discrimination or harassment, please contact:
Dr. Alison Dollar
Title IX, 504, and nondiscrimination Coordinator
1370 20th Ave SW
Minot, ND. 58701

Inquiries and complaints under Title IX may also be referred to the United States Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights (OCR):
Office for Civil Rights, Chicago Office
U.S. Department of Education
Citigroup Center
500 W. Madison St., Suite 1475
Chicago, IL 60661-4544
Telephone: (312) 730-1560


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504 Compliance
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Discrimination Policy
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Non-Discrimination Policy
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Web Accessibility Policy
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If you are looking for a special educator or SLP position in the SVSS area for this coming fall, please contact Alison Dollar at or call Karen at 701.857.4410

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