Professionals with training and expertise in special education services implement the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, Part B and support the educational needs of young children and families, three to five years of age. Early childhood special education professionals provide training and serve as a resource to early childhood special education teachers in public schools, early childhood providers in community settings such as preschool, child care and Head Start programs to meet the developmental learning needs of young children. Also, families and early childhood providers may request information about appropriate expectations for children's development.

Department of Education


Cindy Chettinger
Supervisor/Early Childhood Special Education
800/352-9040 Ext. 6340

In addition, the Educational Services Early Childhood consultant and the Early Childhood Special Education consultants work collaboratively to provide support to all early childhood centers and programs, both public and private, in Northwest Area Education Agency. We provide on-going professional development to all preschool providers. Training opportunities include Quality Preschool Program Standards (QPPS), Every Child Reads (ECR), Positive Behavior Support (PBS), Iowa Early Learning Standards (ELS), and curriculum specific to early childhood.


Cindy Chettinger
Early Childhood Special Education
800/352-9040, Ext. 6340

Sally Hartley
Early Childhood Special Education/Early Childhood Consultant
800/352-9040, Ext. 3512

Joyce Vermeer
Early Childhood Consultant
800/352-9040, Ext. 7838