Exceptional Achievers Early Childhood "Little Mustangs"

School Town of Munster offers a continuum of services for children ages 3 to 5 who are eligible under Indiana’s special education rules.

STM Early Childhood Assessment Team offers a comprehensive diagnostic evaluation in a preschool classroom setting. The Early Childhood Speech and Language Pathologists offer a "speech only" evaluation for those families that are only concerned with their child's speech development. 

Special Education services are provided in a variety of settings appropriate to meet the needs of each child. Developmental preschool classrooms and "speech-only" sessions are examples. Currently STM has Early Childhood classrooms at Frank Hammond Elementary School that host our youngest learners in developmentally appropriate classrooms. 

Peer Friends are "typically-developing" peers who may join our classrooms to promote positive communication and relationships and have fun! If you would be interested in your child attending as a Peer, please contact Barb Coggins for school year 2020-2021 waitlist blcoggins@munster.us



What if I think my child has special needs?

Children ages 0 to 3 years: Your child may be eligible for early intervention through Northwest Indiana First Steps. To make a referral, call (219) 662-7790 or visit their website.

Children ages 3 to 5 years: Call the School Town of Munster Early Childhood Assessment Team at (219) 836-9111 X 6280 or email Kim Power kmpower@munster.us

Someone will speak to you regarding your concerns and help determine the appropriate type of referral. If you have concerns about your child’s development in several areas, we will help you begin the process for a comprehensive evaluation.

If your only concern about your child’s development is difficulty with producing speech sounds (articulation), we will help you with the process for initiating a speech evaluation referral.


Developmental Milestones

Please visit the CDC Website for more information regarding developmental milestones.



We recognize each child is a unique person with an individual pattern and timing of growth along with individual personality, learning style and family background. Assessment of the student’s strengths and needs is necessary to determine instructional needs.

Young children learn most effectively through a concrete, play-oriented approach. Their development and learning occur throughout daily activities and routines. The program provides a developmentally appropriate curriculum for the age span of the children being served and is implemented with attention to the different needs, interests and developmental levels of each child. An integrated approach is used to encourage the children’s physical, emotional, social, communicative and cognitive development. Emphasis is placed on providing materials and activities that are concrete, relevant to the children, and encourage self-directed play and active exploration.


ISPROUT Early Learning Assessment Tool

Indiana Student Performance Readiness and Observation of Understanding Tool (ISPROUT) is utilized to measure skills in children from infancy to kindergarten. ISPROUT is aligned to the Indiana Early Learning Foundations. 

ISPROUT will be utilized for Indiana students receiving services as part of an Individualized Education Program (IEP) to meet the reporting needs of the Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP). The web or app based instrument is utilized by teachers to rate students based on their ongoing observations of children engaged in typical daily routines and activities.

ISPROUT for Families