Every child with developmental disabilities has a right to receive a free, appropriate, public education in the least restrictive environment possible. Learn how school districts across Stark Country are supporting students with functional needs through a variety of educational programs and services. With knowledge about resources, rights and responsibilities, families are best prepared to advocate for their children.
The Stark County Educational Service Center (SCESC) provides a range of educational supports for students with developmental disabilities. To learn about the services available, contact the SCESC or reach out to your local school district directly.
Free preschool special education services are available to all children with disabilities, ages 3 to 5 years old in Stark County. Some of the classes are operated by the districts themselves while other districts contract with the SCESC to provide instructional services to their preschoolers. Contact your home district for more information on their preschool program and ask to have your child evaluated if you suspect there may be developmental delays.
The following programs are offered by local school districts throughout Stark County. Reach out to your school system directly to learn more about the special education services available near you: