Exceptional Children / Support Services
Unlock your child's potential with ECPPS Exceptional Children's! Our department is dedicated to helping students with disabilities thrive academically, emotionally, and socially as they progress from Pre-K through post-graduation. Through specialized instruction, research-backed methods, and inclusive environments, we empower each student to achieve their goals and dreams. Don't let disabilities define your child's future - let our team guide them to success! Our team of devoted experts provides the individualized support and care every child deserves. Contact us today to learn more about our life-changing programs and services! At ECPPS Exceptional Children's, no student gets left behind.
- Parent Information & Resources
- Diagnostic & Psychological Services
- McKinney-Vento Homeless Information
- Related Services
- School Health & Nurse Information
- School Social Worker Information
- Special Pre-K Services
The Exceptional Children's Assistance Center (ECAC) helps parents navigate the special education system, know their rights, and use their voice. We provide information, support, training and resources to assist families caring for children with special needs from birth to age 26. We also support young adults with disabilities in becoming self-advocates and leaders and the educators and professionals who serve them.
IDEA Parent Guide: A Comprehensive Guide to Your Rights and Responsibilities under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA 2004)
Online National & Statewide Resources
- Easter Seals Afterschool Program
- Easter Seals Camp
- Easter Seals Summer Camp Application
- Easter Seals Summer Camp Medical Form
- Diagnostic & Psychological Services Contact Information
- Diagnostic Services
- Psychological Services
- Resources & Links
Jefferson Ray - Speech-Language/Educational Diagnostician (252) 338-1017 ext. 224
Alla Andrews - School Psychologist, (252) 338-1017 ext. 225
Laura Tate - School Psychologist, (252) 338-1017 ext. 231
Mental Health for Children
The Child Mind Institute is an independent, national nonprofit dedicated to transforming the lives of children and families struggling with mental health and learning disorders.
Social Skills Resources
Social Skills Video: Making Connected Comments
Social Skills Video: Taking a Break to Calm Down
Homeless children and youth face many educational barriers due to the disruption and trauma of not having a fixed, regular, and adequate place to live. Most face educational disruption due to changing schools as they move from one temporary location to another. Many face educational challenges such as: difficulty enrolling without records; difficulty attending school regularly; lack of stable transportation; falling behind in school; lack of basic needs including food and clothing, and embarrassment and stigma related to their housing conditions.
ECPPS can help! Under the McKinney-Vento Act, our district is able to assist children and youth that are homeless to overcome these barriers and to be successful in school. We are able to provide a stable school environment for children and youth whose home life is not stable, as well as provide supportive services.
McKinney-Vento Definition of Homeless
Individuals who lack a fixed, regular and adequate nighttime residence, including
- Sharing the housing of other persons due to loss of housing, economic hardship, or a similar reason
- Living in motels, hotels, trailer parks, or camping grounds due to the lack of alternative adequate accommodations
- Living in emergency or transitional shelters
- Awaiting foster care placement
- Have a primary nighttime residence that is a public or private place not designed for or ordinarily used as a regular sleeping accommodation for human beings
- Living in cars, parks, public spaces, abandoned buildings, substandard housing, bus or train stations, or similar settings
- Migratory children living in the circumstances described above
- Unaccompanied youth living in the circumstances described above
McKV Liaison’s Name
Midge Hudyma, M.S.W.
McKV Liaison’s Number
252-335-2974 x112 - ECMS Office
252-312-6638 - ECPPS Cell
State Coordinator’s Name/Number/Email
NC Homeless Education Website Link
McKinney-Vento Act Rights
• Immediate enrollment
• “Enrollment” - attending classes and participating fully in school activities
• Remain in the school of origin, if in the student’s best interest during the duration of their homelessness and to the end of year
• Receive transportation assistance, when requested
• Receive appropriate educational services comparable to other students Receive free school meals
McKinney-Vento Unaccompanied Youth
The McKinney-Vento Act defines unaccompanied youth as “a homeless child or youth not in the physical custody of a parent or guardian.
Homeless Unaccompanied Youth have the same rights as noted previously.
McKinney-Vento ECPPS Numbers for the last 3 years
· 2021-2022: 112
· 2020-2021: 94
· 2019-2020: 111
If you believe that you may be eligible for McKinney-Vento services or want more information, please contact Midge Hudyma, McKinney-Vento Homeless Liaison, at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 252-335-2974 x112 (ECMS Office) or 252-312-6638 (ECPPS Cell).
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), is a Federal law that applies to schools with the purpose of protecting the privacy of a student’s educational record.
Generally, this law states that schools must have written permission from the parent or eligible student in order to release any information from a student's education record. However, FERPA allows schools to disclose those records, without consent, to the following parties or under the following conditions (34 CFR § 99.31):
- School officials with legitimate educational interest;
- Other schools to which a student is transferring;
- Specified officials for audit or evaluation purposes;
- Appropriate parties in connection with financial aid to a student;
- Organizations conducting certain studies for or on behalf of the school;
- Accrediting organizations;
- To comply with a judicial order or lawfully issued subpoena;
- Appropriate officials in cases of health and safety emergencies; and
- State and local authorities, within a juvenile justice system, pursuant to specific State law.
For more detailed information on FERPA, please visit: https://www2.ed.gov/policy/gen/guid/fpco/ferpa/index.html
Child Find Permission Slip - Albemarle Alliance for Children & Families