General Information

Welcome to the Tri-County Educational Service Center Special Education Information Page!  Our office provides direct and consultative services to all school districts in a three county region.  We work collaboratively with districts to identify students with disabilities and to provide quality services to those students in a variety of settings. 


Special Education



Parent Mentor Services

The Parent Mentor is the parent of a child with a disability who is available to help families and school districts by providing information, support and training.

The Role of the Parent Mentor

  • Guide families through the special education process and explain parents' rights and responsibilities.
  • Listen and provide support to families and educators on an individual basis.
  • Provide information and resources to families and school personnel on education laws, district programs and services and community resources.
  • Attend Individual Education Program (IEP) meetings and other meetings at the request of parent or educational staff.
  • Build collaborative partnerships between families, schools and committees to benefit students with disabilities.
  • Parent Mentor Services are provided free of charge to families of preschool and school aged children in Wayne, Holmes and Ashland Counties.  The Tri-County Parent Mentor Program is funded by a grant from the Ohio Department of Education.



Parent Mentor (website)




Michele Spreng
Tri-County Educational Service Center
741 Winkler Dr.
Wooster, OH  44691
Cell:      330-621-2694
Office:  330-345-6771 ext. 269


Ohio's Early Learning and Development Standards

Posted:  November 1, 2012


Timeline for Implementation


  • Programs and teachers become familiar with the new standards. 
  • Professional development is designed and deployed to support implementation of the new standards.
  • Model curricula and other supports are developed by partner state agencies. 
  • Standards-Curriculum-Assessment-Alignment (SCA-A) Tool and accompanying professional development is created by partner state agencies.


  • Early childhood programs align adopted curriculum to the new standards using revised SCA-A Tool. 
  • New standards in all domains are integrated into early childhood programs.
  • On-going professional development is available to support implementation.


Services to Districts