Blended classroom or program

An early childhood blended classroom or program where children are supported by different funding sources. Funds are 'braided' from 2 or more funding sources to support the total cost of services to individual children. Revenues are allocated and expenditures tracked by their categorical funding source. These classrooms or programs might represent an intentional braiding of IDEA, Head Start, Title I, state pre-k, community child care, or other "braided" funds.

Child care

Child care (childcare) or preschool is a broad term for programs that provide care and supervision of children, usually from age 6 weeks to age 13.

Early Childhood Special Education

IDEA special education services provided to young children with disabilities, generally referring to children ages 3 through 5.

Faith-Based Preschool

Early childhood programs operated by religious organizations. Note: Some public and private preschool programs are housed or operated in faith-based centers as non-religious community programs.

Head Start

Early childhood programs that promote the school readiness of young children from low-income families through agencies in their local community. Head Start and Early Head Start programs support the mental, social, and emotional development of children from birth to age 5.

Kindergarten program

Kindergarten programs are considered the first year of formal education and are generally integrated into state K-12 school systems. In most state and private schools, children begin kindergarten at age 5 to 6 and attend for 1 year.

Mother's Day Out

Mother's Day Out programs are a type of private community early childhood program. These programs tend to be regularly scheduled and are designed for young children to interact with their peers.

Neighborhood School

The school in which a child would attend if he or she was school aged.

Regular Early Childhood Program

Regular Early Childhood Programs (RECP) for the purposes of this data collection are public and private programs that include a majority (at least 50 percent) of nondisabled children (i.e., children not on IEPs). This category may include, but is not limited to:

  1. Head Start Kindergarten (public or private)
  2. Preschool classes (public or private)
  3. Group child development center or child care

Special Education Program

A special education program is a program that includes less than 50 percent nondisabled children (i.e., children not on IEPs). This may include, but is not limited to, the following:

  1. Special education classes in Regular school buildings
  2. Trailers or portables outside regular school buildings
  3. Child care facilities
  4. Hospital facilities on an outpatient basis
  5. Other community-based settings
  6. Separate schools
  7. Residential facilities

Speech-Language Playgroup

A group of children who participate in supervised activities designed to encourage language acquisition and use. These opportunities may include peers, and/or families. Check student composition and state guidance for determining the correct category.


State Performance Plan, Annual Performance Report is a required plan and annual report of the each state's implementation of the IDEA, Part B.

State pre-k

State-operated and funded pre-kindergarten or pre-k programs designed to ensure that preschoolers are ready for kindergarten. State pre-k programs are generally designed for 4-year-olds though some states also serve 3-year-olds. Many state pre-k programs provide services for a targeted group of children at risk for school failure.

Title 1 Program

Title I preschool programs are preschool programs for which an LEA or school uses Title I funds, in whole or in part, to improve cognitive, health, and social-emotional outcomes for eligible children below the grade at which an LEA provides a free public elementary education.