Least Restrictive Environment (LRE) – Overview

Children with disabilities, including children aged 3-5, must be educated in the least restrictive environment (LRE).  IEP Teams must determine the least restrictive environment for each child based on what he or she needs in order to receive a free appropriate public education.  Learn more about how RACE 2K provides resources and support to school districts on preschool least restrictive environment.


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Children with disabilities, including children aged 3-5, must be educated in the least restrictive environment (LRE).  School districts are required to offer a continuum of placements for preschool aged children and to ensure that children with disabilities are educated in an environment with children without disabilities, to the greatest extent appropriate. For all children with disabilities, including children aged 3-5, removal of a child with a disability from the regular educational environment (early childhood program) may occur only when the nature and severity of the disability of a child is such that education in the regular class (early childhood program) cannot be achieved satisfactorily. IEP Teams must determined the least restrictive environment for each child based on what he or she needs in order to receive a free appropriate public education.

In this section, you will find our new on-line module that discusses preschool LRE, NHSEIS data entry related to length of week (Indicator 6) as well as other print resources.  RACE 2K also supports districts in reviewing program models and provides technical assistance around preschool LRE.  Please contact us for more information.