Special Programs

Patty Kimmel - Special Services DirectorPatty Kimmel

Ellensburg School District

Special Services Director

Welcome! I am Patty Kimmel, Director of Special Programs for the Ellensburg School District. Please do not hesitate to contact our department and let us know how we can be of assistance to your family. I invite you to review our website which provides up-to-date information for students and families.

1300 East 3rd Avenue

Ellensburg WA 98926

Fax: 509.925.8036



Department Contacts

Patty Kimmel - Director of Special Services


Marti Hazelwood - Special Services Secretary


Cathy Rutt - Records


Transition Links

Kittitas County Transition Team

Child Find Information

Child Find is the process of evaluating children ages birth to 5 who may require special education services. If you believe your child may have a disability, please contact the following individuals:

Birth to Three Program:

Kerry McMurry

ESIT Special Services Coordinator

Bright Beginnings for Kittitas County

220 East Helena Avenue

Ellensburg, WA 98926

Phone: (509) 962-4200 Ext. 227

Ages Three to Five (Preschool)

Cathy Rutt, Administrative Assistant

Special Programs Office

Ellensburg School District

1300 E. 3rd Avenue

Ellensburg, WA 98926

(509) 925-8119

Grades Kindergarten through High School

Referrals should be made through each school’s Guidance Team.

Special Education

Special Education

The Early Intervention Program serves families of infants and toddlers birth to three years of age. In order for a child to be eligible for these services, the child must demonstrate a delay in at least one of the following areas of development: communication, motor, problem solving, or social skills or have a disability that may lead to a delay such as a visual impairment or hearing loss.

Developmental Preschool Program: The Developmental Preschool Program located on the campus of Central Washington University serves children 3 to 5 years of age who demonstrate delays in one or more areas of development including communication, cognitive skills, social-emotional, motor skills or medical issues. Services are rendered in a classroom setting with the primary goal of encouraging the development of critical skills leading to a successful elementary school experience. Skills that may be worked on in the classroom or in a clinical setting include the ability to listen and follow directions, solve problems, social skills, transitions and pre-academic skills. The Developmental Preschool staff includes Special Education teachers, a Speech Language Pathologist, Occupational Therapist, School Psychologist, School Nurse and paraprofessionals. Transportation is provided to and from school.

Services for Students: Kindergarten through 21 Years of Age

Ellensburg School District offers support services for eligible students with disabilities. These services are rendered in the academic areas of reading, writing, mathematics, adaptive behavior, fine motor, gross motor social/emotional/behavioral, communication and vocational based upon those areas in which a student qualifies.

High school-aged students receive transition services based upon individual student need. Transition services may include transition classes, supported and independent vocational experiences and linkages to adult services for students age 16-21.

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