PTAN is a statewide technical assistance and support network that promotes quality, developmentally appropriate and culturally competent programs for New Hampshire’s young children with special needs and their families. [more]

Preschool Special Education

The goal of preschool special education is “to enable young children to be active and successful participants during the early childhood years and in the future in a variety of settings — in their homes with their families, in child care, in preschool or school programs and in the community.” ECO Outcomes 4-13-05.pdf

Click on the links below for resources and materials about:
Preschool Outcome Measurement System (POMS)
Preschool LRE (Least Restrictive Environment)
Parent Involvement
Early Transitions


Links to Helpful Websites
NH DOE Bureau of Special Education
NH DOE Special Education Memorandum (Numbered)
The Early Childhood Outcomes Center
RACE 2K
Parent Information Center
Family Resource Connection
The Division for Early Childhood (DEC)

NH Early Childhood Education/Special Education Contact Information

Locate the Preschool Special Education Contact Person or Special Education Administrator in a specific NH town or School District. Search our database.


Locate Contact Information for:
NH Child Care Resource and Referral Coordinators by Region
Program Directory for the Family-Centered Early Supports and Services Programs
Click here for a national online directory for finding community services for children and families

For more contact information about NH programs and services for young children and their families, go to the Family Resource Connection’s “Directory of Children’s Services” http://www.nh.gov/nhsl/frc/directory.html

Inclusive Child Care

The PTAN Child Care Inclusion Program provides grant-funded services to NH child care programs to support their successful inclusion and retention of children with challenging behaviors and other special needs. Services include consultation, staff development and support to develop successful partnerships with parents and preschool special education programs to benefit their work with children with special needs.

Resources and Materials
PTAN Child Care Inclusion Project
Preventing Child Care Expulsion
Including All Children in Child Care
Supporting Children with Challenging Behaviors


Helpful Websites
NH DHHS Child Development Bureau
NH Child Care Resource & Referral
NHAEYC
Early Learning NH
Spark NH