Transitioning to Kindergarten: Information for Families of Students with Disabilities
Children born in 2011 will start kindergarten in the fall of 2016. 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.
Join Us for Kindergarten Orientation Sessions This February!
Families are invited to join us in February 2016 to learn about applying to kindergarten and the transition to school-age special education services.
Orientation Meeting Schedule: February 17th [Spanish Only], February 18th, and February 23rd, 2016
Kindergarten: An Orientation Guide for Families of Students with Disabilities Entering Kindergarten in Fall, 2016
(Updated November 2015)
Orientation Invitation Letter (October 2015)
Orientation Presentation (Updated November 2015)
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) (2016-2017)
Some parents or guardians of preschool students born in 2011 will receive this letter.
Notice of Request for Initial Evaluation (Notice of Referral) (2014-2015)
Some parents or guardians of preschool students born in 2010 will receive this letter.
School Location Notice: Initial (2015)
If your child was evaluated in preparation for kindergarten and received an IEP, the Department of Education will mail you a school location notice in the spring or summer. The notice will list the special education services on your child's IEP and the name and address of the school where the services will be provided.
School Location Notice: Reevaluation (2015)
If your child was reevaluated in preparation for kindergarten and received an IEP, the Department of Education will mail you a school location notice in the spring or summer. The notice will list the special education services on your child's IEP and the name and address of the school where the services will be provided.
All families of students born in 2011 are encouraged to participate in the kindergarten admissions process. For information, visit our Kindergarten Admissions Page, contact ESenrollment@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. For more information, visit our Specialized Programs page or email SpecializedPrograms@schools.nyc.gov.
- The ASD Nest and ASD Horizon programs serve some students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).
Functionally Accessible Schools or Programs are located in a fully or partially accessible building where a student with mobility impairment may enter and access programs and services. It is recommended that you visit schools that your child may attend. For a list of functionally accessible schools and more information on accessibility, visit the Office of Space Planning's accessibility page.
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.
Academic, Career and Essential Skills (ACES) specialized programs for students with intellectual disability classification provide a special class or program in a community school.
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 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: As our medical forms will be updated in late May / early June
for the upcoming 2016-2017 school year, 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; and
- 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.
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 email@example.com ; 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)
For More Information
A Listing of Links Provided at the Turning 5 Kindergarten Orientation Meetings for Families.
NYC Department of Education website
Developing a Kindergarten IEP
for today’s presentation
and additional information about developing a kindergarten IEP.
Applying to Kindergarten
for information about the kindergarten admissions process.
Some special education services related to medical conditions or orthopedic disabilities must be approved in advance of the IEP meeting. Families should provide medical forms well before the meeting. Forms will be provided by Department of Education representatives and are also available at http://schools.nyc.gov/KindergartenSpecialEducation
Search for Schools
Specialized Programs in Community Schools
For information about transportation, see
Video Catalog (Under Construction)
When completed, this portion of the Transitioning to Kindergarten page will provide links to short video segments that describe the different aspects of the Turning 5 process.