Program Unit Funding (PUF), in addition to Base Instruction Funding, is available to approved ECS operators and school authorities for young children who are 2½ to 6 years of age by September 1, and who have been identified with a severe disability/delay. Children are eligible for up to three years of ECS funded programming, depending on age, severity of the disability/delay and its impact on the child’s ability to function within an ECS program. The Standards for the Provision of Early Childhood Special Education apply to children who meet the eligibility criteria for special education programming.
PUF, in addition to the Base Instruction is provided for children with mild to moderate disabilities/delays, those who are gifted and talented or who are learning English as an additional language. Children who meet the eligibility criteria must be at least 3½ years and less than 6 years of age on September 1.