Special education services are available for children with disabilities or delays in development that affect learning.
If you think your child might need special education services, review the following steps of the IEP Process:
If your child has already been diagnosed with a disability, he or she may also be eligible for services in Kindergarten.
The Turning 5 Process
To start the kindergarten IEP process, the Committee on Preschool Special Education (CPSE) will refer your child for special education services for school-age children (children ages 5-21).
The New York City Department of Education (NYC DOE) will send you a notice to let you know about the referral in the winter. Next, you will be contacted by a representative of the NYC DOE who will work with you throughout the Kindergarten IEP Process.
You can also attend an Orientation Meeting in your borough to learn about the process in person. Copies of the notices you will receive, orientation meeting dates, and the guide can be found on the Guides and Documents page
Kindergarten Admissions and Special Education Programs and Services
Families of students with disabilities entering kindergarten in September 2017 will participate in two processes:
Detailed information about these processes, your rights, medical forms, getting help, and programs and services can be found in Kindergarten: An Orientation Guide for Families of Students with Disabilities on the Guides and Documents page.
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