Perry County Preschool Special Education

MVESC provides special education services to children ages 3-6 with disabilities who reside in the following Perry County districts:

  • Crooksville Exempted Village Schools
  • New Lexington Local Schools
  • Northern Local Schools

Children are identified as having a disability through a multi-factored evaluation process, in accordance with the Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA). The multi-factored evaluation is available at no cost through MVESC.

If a child is identified as having a disability, MVESC offers the following Special Education services:

Itinerant Services

Itinerant services are provided to children with mild to moderate disabilities whose educational needs can be met in settings where the majority of children are developing at a typical rate. Itinerant services include a special education itinerant teacher and therapists. These services are provided at no cost to the child's family. Itinerant services can be provided in the following early childhood settings:

  • Head Start Classrooms
  • Public Preschool Classrooms
  • Private Child Care Programs

Integrated Early Childhood Education Classrooms

Integrated early childhood education classrooms enroll less typically developing children than the Itinerant Services setting. The classroom teacher is a special education teacher, and therapists are available to provide services in these classrooms, as well.

Leaps and Bounds (Preschool Program for children with Autism)

MVESC also offers a Perry County program for preschool children who have specific needs and would benefit from a structured teaching environment. The program is a joint effort of three school districts - Crooksville Exempted Village, New Lexington Local and Northern Local.

Leaps and Bounds will be based on the STACK methods. Strategies used in STACK classrooms decrease behavior challenges, increase the use of visually cued instruction to improve organization and independence and infuse other effective teaching methods into the program, such as Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS), Direct instruction and Applied Behavioral Analysis. The focus is on language development, behavior modification and/or independence.

For more information on any of our Perry County Preschool Special Education programs, please contact Lisa Gormley at 740-343-0680 or