Early Education & Pre-Kindergarten

Ages Three Through Five


A prekindergarten child with disabilities is a child who is below five (5) years of age on or before September 1 and has a sensory, physical, mental, or emotional condition which significantly affects the attainment of normal developmental milestones.

Developmentally Delayed (DD): Ages Three through Five Years

A child who is developmentally delayed is three (3) through five (5) years of age and is delayed in one (1) or more of the following areas:
  1. Adaptive or self-help development,
  2. Cognitive development,
  3. Communication development,
  4. Social or emotional development,
  5. Physical development including fine, or gross, or perceptual motor.

This definition is found in State Board of Education Rule 6A-6.03027, F.A.C.


State Laws and Regulations

The rules referenced below are specific to Prekindergarten Children with Disabilities and Children Three through Five who are Developmentally Delayed. Please refer to Florida Statutes and State Board of Education Rules - Hyperlinked Index (PDF) for a complete listing of laws and regulations applicable to exceptional student education.

Department of Education Resources



State Resources


  • For Parents: The FDLRS Child Find has created a video that helps parents determine when it is appropriate to schedule a screening due to developmental concerns. Please view the video here: https://www.fdlrs.org/child-find/cfvideos

National Resources