Information for Parents of Preschoolers
Committee on Preschool Special Education
The Committee on Pre-School Special Education (CPSE) coordinates special education evaluation and services for children ages 3-5. To find out more, contact your local CPSE Office. [Read More...]
Pre-K Related Services:What They Are and How the Department of Education (DOE) Provides Them
Related services are important to supporting your child’s educational progress and development. For general information about the way in which related services support your child's education, see the DOE's Related Services Guiding Philosophy. To better understand how each type of services supports your child’s education, see the description of the most common services further down on this page, and links to more complete descriptions on our Related Services Page. For additional information about services and how they support your child specifically, you may consult with the CPSE responsible for your child’s Individualized Education Programs (IEP.)
When a preschool student requires related services, if no DOE employee is available, the DOE seeks a contracted agency related services provider. Assigning a provider is an annual process. It is the responsibility of the DOE, through a CPSE, to coordinate with agencies. If no contracted agency is available, the DOE, through the CPSE, enters into an Independent Agreement (IA) which enables the parents to use an independent provider to serve the child at DOE expense. The CPSE will guide the parent through this process.
We understand that the Department of Education’s (DOE) administrative processes can seem complicated, and we are here to support you and to clarify the procedures in place to ensure your child receives the educational services he/she needs. Please take a few minutes to review the information packet below, which includes detailed information about how the DOE arranges pre-k related services and answers questions that parents ask most often about this process.
Information Packet for Families
The following letter is for parents of pre-k students born in 2009 and 2010 for whom the DOE is directly responsible for providing the child's related services. Pre-k students with disabilities who were born in 2008 and approved to receive summer services will typically continue with their current provider, until they transition to school-aged services in the fall of 2013.
These related services help in the way your child understands sounds and language (called auditory processing), with articulation or phonological skills, comprehension, use of syntax, pragmatics, voice production and fluency. They are often integrated into lessons about reading and writing.
Uses activities to maintain, improve or restore your child's functioning, including gross motor development, ambulation, balance and coordination in various settings, including but not limited to the classroom, gym, bathroom, playground, staircase and transitions between classes.
This will help your child maintain, improve or restore adaptive and functional skills, including fine motor skills and oral motor skills in all educational activities.
These services are designed to improve social and emotional functioning in the areas of appropriate school behavior, discipline, self control, conflict resolution if your child is experiencing difficulty interacting appropriately with adults or peers, withdrawal or acting out, low self-esteem or poor coping skills that significantly interfere with learning.
If your child requires services from a particular provider (e.g., guidance counselor, school psychologist or social worker), that must be specified in the IEP.
Students with Disabilities: Transitioning From Preschool to Kindergarten
Moving from preschool to kindergarten marks the start of an exciting new chapter in your child's life. We know that you have many questions about the New York City Department of Education and its schools. Our staff will do everything possible to make this transition a seamless and successful one for you and for your child. [Read More...]