The High Desert Education Service District provides early childhood developmental support for children birth to 5 years of age (prior to kindergarten). Services include screening, evaluation, and specially designed instruction for young children with special needs in Crook, Deschutes, and Jefferson Counties.

Contact Information

Alyce Hatch Center
1406 Juniper Street
Bend, OR 97703
Phone: 541.389.5437
Fax: 541.638.9649

Silvia Bundy

Administrative Assistant


Diane Tipton

Director - Early Childhood


The Early Intervention /Early Childhood Special Education program offers special services and supports to families with children diagnosed with developmental disabilities or experiencing developmental delays.

Services are available to children from birth to kindergarten age that are demonstrating a significant developmental delay in one or more areas and/or meet disability eligibility criteria in one of the following categories:

  • Communication Disorder
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Hearing Impairment
  • Visual Impairment
  • Orthopedic Impairment
  • Other Health Impairments
  • Specific Learning Disability
  • Emotional Disturbance
  • Intellectual Disability
  • Deaf Blind
  • Traumatic Brain Injury

Referrals can come directly from the child’s family or from others involved with the child. There is no costfor EI/ECSE services to families. Please contact us to start your referral.

Early Intervention (EI)

EI supports families in developing the skills to help their children learn and grow. Services are delivered through a parent coaching model in each family’s home or other care giving settings.  Read more . . .

Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE)

ECSE offers special education services to eligible children starting at age 3 and continuing until they enter kindergarten. Services can include specially designed instruction and/or related services such as physical, occupational, or speech/language therapy.  Read more . . .