FCBDD-ECE Eligibility & Enrollment

FCBDD Eligibility and Enrollment

Services are provided to children birth through age 5 who have developmental disabilities and who qualify under standards established by the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities and by the Ohio Department of Education.  Services are provided without regard to race, color, sex, religion or national origin.

Early Intervention

Help Me Grow of Franklin County is the first contact for families of children 0-3 years old who have disabilities or suspected of having a disability.  Families or others may call (614)227-9860 to get started.

Once basic information is received, Help Me Grow will determine if an evaluation and assessment is needed to identify if the child has a disability.  If evaluation and assessment is needed, Help Me Grow will schedule with the family.

If a condition is identified that has a high probability of resulting in developmental delay,  the child and family will be determined eligible for early intervention services and options for where services can be delivered will be presented.  Referrals for Early Intervention services provided by FCBDD are made through Help Me GrowIndividual Family Service Plans (IFSP) developed through the Help Me Grow system, are required in order for FCBDD to provide services to children birth through 2.

Preschool Special Education

Eligibility is determined by federal and state guidelines. Federal and state regulations require free appropriate public education (FAPE) to be provided for children 3-21 who have been identified with disabilities which require special education and related services designed to meet their unique needs and prepare them for further education, employment and independent living.  Referrals for preschool services provided by FCBDD are made through local school districts. Individual Education Programs (IEP), developed by Local School Districts, are required in order for the FCBDD to provide services to children 3 through 5.

For additional information, please refer to the ECE Parent Handbook.

Community Peer Program

Children who are 3-5 years old and who are developing typically may enroll in the FCBDD Peer Program.  Enrollment begins in January and there is a monthly fee for this program.  Contact the ECE Office at 342-5830 for more information.

Summer Center Program

An optional six week summer recreational program for toddlers and preschoolers is provided for children who are currently enrolled in the Franklin County Board of Developmental Disabilities Early Childhood Program.  Enrollment begins in March and a fee is charged for this program.  Contact the ECE Office at 342-5801 for more information