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Special Education


Birth - 5 Years

Early On Oakland (Birth- 3 Years)

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.

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 (link below) or contact them at (248) 209-2084

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Early Childhood Special Education (3-5 Years)

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 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.


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.


Questions/ Concerns?

1. Contact your child's special education teacher/ service provider.

If you have a concern regarding your child's progress, services, and/or behavior supports, please make sure to contact your child's caseload teacher/ case manager to communicate your thoughts/ concerns and explain what you feel your child needs and/or what changes you are requesting and why.

2. The building Principal/ Asst. Principal

Also, please reach out to the building administrator with any questions and/or concerns. They are invested in your child's success and are there for support.

3. You may request an IEP Team meeting.

If your concern is not resolved via verbal contact with the school staff and/or building administrators, you may request an IEP Team meeting via email or written letter. You do not have to wait until the annual review IEP; an IEP can be convened earlier in order to discuss and address your concerns.

4. Contact the Special Education Director.

If you still have concerns, know that you can always contact the Special Education Director, Natalie Kulikowski, at natalie.kulikowski@ferndaleschools.org.

5. Contact Oakland Schools Special Populations/ Compliance Department.

Do you have questions or would you like further input re: any special education matter related to your child?  You may consider contacting Oakland Schools Special Populations department. This is a free and impartial support/ consultative service available through the intermediate school district, Oakland Schools. Call  (248) 209-2343

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6. Community Resources/ Supports