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Transitioning to Kindergarten: Information for Families of Students with Disabilities

Transitioning to Kindergarten: Information for Families of Students with Disabilities


Children born in 2010 will start kindergarten in the fall of 2015. Moving from preschool to kindergarten marks an exciting new chapter in your child's life. We know that you may have questions about the process and about New York City's public schools. Our staff will be available to answer your questions and provide assistance as we plan together for the school year ahead.

Kindergarten Orientation Information

Families will be invited to join us in November and December to learn about applying to kindergarten and the transition to school-age special education services. Check the schedule below to learn of the nineteen meetings taking place throughout the five boroughs.

 Meeting Schedule - New

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Invitation Letter - New

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Kindergarten: An Orientation Guide for Families of Students with Disabilities - New

  
 


  

Orientation Presentation (From 2013-14, New Presentation Coming Soon)
 




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Has Your Address Changed?

If you have moved, please let us know as soon as possible by writing or calling the Committee on Preschool Special Education.


Notices to Parents or Guardians



Notice of Request for Reevaluation (Notice of Referral) - (From 2013-14, To Be Updated in November 2014)
Some parents or guardians of preschool students born in 2010 will receive this letter.

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Notice of Request for Initial Evaluation (Notice of Referral) - (From 2013-14, To Be Updated in November 2014)
Some parents or guardians of preschool students born in 2010 will receive this letter.

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Notice of Service and Placement (From 2013-14, To Be Updated in Spring 2015)
Parents or guardians will receive notice of services and placement in the spring or summer.

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Kindergarten Admissions

All families of students born in 2010 are encouraged to participate in the kindergarten admissions process.  For information, visit our Kindergarten Admissions Page, contact KindergartenConnect@schools.nyc.gov or call (718) 935-2009.



Specialized Programs and Schools

While every community school has the capacity to serve the majority of students with disabilities, not every school has the required specialized expertise to serve students with certain specific needs. Therefore, some students may be eligible for specialized programs provided by a few specific community schools or for District 75's programs and schools.

  • The ASD Nest and ASD Horizon programs serve some students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Information and an inquiry form are here. For information, email SpecializedPrograms@schools.nyc.gov.
  • Functionally Accessible Schools or Programs are located in a fully or partially accessible building where an individual with mobility impairment may enter and access all relevant programs and services, including the science laboratory, library, cafeteria, auditorium, and the gymnasium; in some cases school programs may need to be re-located to accommodate access. At least one restroom is accessible. It is recommended that you visit schools that your child may attend. For a list of functionally accessible schools and more information on accessibility please click here.

  • Bilingual special education provides a specialized program for students who speak languages other than English and who have IEPs that mandate bilingual special education programs and/or services. For information email SpecializedPrograms@schools.nyc.gov.
  • Academic, Career and Essential Skills (ACES) specialized programs for students with intellectual disability classification provide a special class or program in a community school. For more information email SpecializedPrograms@schools.nyc.gov.
  • District 75 offers programs and schools for students with significant challenges, including students with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) or significant cognitive delays, emotional disturbances, sensory impairments, and/or multiple disabilities.
    • If your child has received an IEP recommending a District 75 program, or if you think this is a possibility, you are invited to visit; more information is available below.

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Medical Forms

If your child has a medical condition or an orthopedic disability, and you would like the Department of Education to consider special education bus service and/or other transportation accommodations based on needs related to that condition or disability, you will need to provide documentation from your child's doctor. Please give both of these forms to the Department of Education representative working on your child's transition well before your child's kindergarten IEP meeting.

If your child has a medical condition and you would like the DOE to consider school nurse services or other services or accommodations related to the condition, please have applicable forms in this packet completed and signed by your child's doctor and provide them to your DOE representative in advance of the IEP meeting. , please give both of these forms to the DOE representative working on your child's transition well before your child's kindergarten IEP meeting.


Getting Help

In the winter or spring, families of preschoolers who receive or may receive special education services will be contacted by a representative of the Department of Education from an elementary school or one of our ten Committees on Special Education (CSEs). This representative will assist you with the transition to school-age special education services and should be the first person you contact with questions or concerns.

If you experience a problem that cannot be resolved by your Department of Education representative or CSE, you may ask for additional assistance by calling the special education hotline, (718) 935-2007, or emailing turning5@schools.nyc.gov ; please include your child's name and date of birth, the name and number of the school or the number of the CSE that sent you information or conducted the IEP meeting, and a brief description of your concern.



Parents' or Guardians' Rights

For information about the rights of parents or guardians of children with disabilities, ages 3-21, see the New York State Education Department's Procedural Safeguards Notice. (Updated July 2013)


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