Special Education

Early On Oakland (Birth- 3 Years)

Don’t Worry, But Don’t Wait..

Early On® Oakland is a system of services for families of children birth to three years who have an established health condition and/ or a developmental delay.

The system includes a collection of activities, supports, services and resources provided by many different agencies and programs. Early On® Oakland helps you find the individual support that your child and family needs.

Early On Oakland 2018 Community Resource Guide

A guide to finding the right resources to match a child's and family's needs.

For more information and/or to schedule an evaluation for your infant or toddler (ages Birth- 3 Years), please visit the Oakland Schools-Early On website (click link below) or contact them at (248) 209-2084. 

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Early Childhood Ages & Stages Developmental Screening

Are you concerned about your 3-5 year old child's development?

Oakland Schools offers free Ages & Developmental Screening to children ages four months through five years (sixty months) old. This service provides developmental information, resources and services for children and families.

For a free screening, go to www.helpmegrow-mi.org.

To learn more, contact Dr. Dawn Koger at dawn.koger@oakland.k12.mi.us or (248) 209-2266.

You may also contact the Ferndale Public Schools Special Education office at (248) 586-8693 for more information about Early Childhood Special Education programs and services and/or to refer your child for an evaluation.

Child Find

Child Find is a component of Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA) that requires states to identify, locate, and evaluate all children/ persons ages 2 years 6 months through 25 years with disabilities who are in need of special education programs and/or services. To receive special education services, children must meet eligibility guidelines according to the IDEA and the Michigan Administrative Rules for Special Education (MARSE). 

Ferndale Public Schools engages in a variety of efforts to locate and identify students who may need special education services.  We try to reach and inform the community through all of the following:.

  • Informational flyers available in school entrances/ offices/ community locations
  • District and school newsletters sent to the families of currently enrolled students
  • Information posted on the district website

If you suspect that your child has a disability which impedes educational performance and requires special education programs and/or services, please contact your child's teacher, counselor, principal, or you may also contact Natalie Kulikowski, Director of Special Education at natalie.kulikowski@ferndaleschools.org or 248.586.8693.

Meet the Team

Director of Special Education- Natalie Kulikowski

Natalie Kulikowski is the Director of Special Education for Ferndale Public Schools.  Ms. Kulikowski oversees special education referrals/ evaluations, the development, implementation and evaluation of programs and services for students with an IEP,  records and data collection, as well as the department budget, staffing and teacher/ support staff evaluations.  She is responsible for administering the district's Early On/ Early Intervention, Early Childhood Special Education, K-12 programs/ services for students with an IEP, and the Adult Transition program for students ages 18- 26 who require additional support after earning a certificate of completion.  Ms. Kulikowski ensures district compliance with federal, state and  local administrative rules and regulations and is responsible for district reporting to these entities.  In addition, Ms. Kulikowski serves as Ferndale Public Schools 504 Coordinator and supervises the 504 evaluation/ eligibility process and the development and implementation of 504 plans district-wide.

Special Education Administrative Assistant- Tamara Edwards

Tamara Edwards is the Special Education Administrative Assistant for Ferndale Schools. Ms. Edwards provides essential administrative support to parents/ families and staff in areas such as Medicaid billing, special education pupil accounting, department budgeting and purchase orders, MISTAR documentation/ data entry, Early Childhood referrals and residency verification and scheduling/ coordination of staff development and training events.

Exceptional Parent Group

Natalie Kulikowski


Tamara Foster

Administrative Assistant