The Legislature hereby finds and declares that early education programs for individuals with exceptional needs between the ages of three and five years, inclusive, that provide special education and related services within the typical environment appropriate for young children, and include active parent involvement, may do the following:
(a) Significantly reduce the potential impact of any disabling conditions.
(b) Produce substantial gains in physical development, cognitive development, language and speech development, psychosocial development, and self-help skills development.
(c) Help prevent the development of secondary disabling conditions.
(d) Reduce family stresses.
(e) Reduce societal dependency and institutionalization.
(f) Reduce the need for special class placement in special education programs once a child reaches school age.
(g) Save substantial costs to society and our schools.
(Amended by Stats. 2006, Ch. 538, Sec. 126.)