Transitioning to Kindergarten
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
. Families of students with disabilities entering kindergarten in the fall of 2016 can find information in the Orientation Guide. It includes details about the two processes your child will participate in: applying to kindergarten
and developing a kindergarten Individualized Education Program (IEP).
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Notices to Parents or Guardians
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 at (718) 935-2007 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
. Please include:
- your child's name
- your child’s date of birth
- the name and number of the school or CSE that sent you information/conducted the IEP meeting
- a brief description of your concern.
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.
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 Note: Medical forms are updated in late May/early June for the 2016-2017 school year. That’s why you’ll need to do BOTH of the following:
- Fill out and submit the 2015-2016 (current year) forms now, in order for your child to be considered for school nurse services or other services related to your child's medical condition for Kindergarten in September
- Fill out and submit the 2016-2017 (upcoming school year) forms, once they are posted to this web page in late May / early June, so that your documents are current for the 2016-2017 Kindergarten school year.
Parents' or Guardians' Rights
For information about the rights of parents or guardians of children with disabilities, ages 3-21, see the Statement of Families' Rights
on the important documents page.