Students with Disabilities
All families interested in a pre-k program for the 2014-2015 school year should participate in the pre-k application process described in the Pre-Kindergarten Directory.
Some families may need to work with their local Committee on Special Education (CSE) or Committee on Preschool Special Education (CPSE) throughout the application process to identify an appropriate placement that meets the needs of their child. CSE and CPSEs are housed in the same facilities, which are listed here.
When contacting a CSE or CPSE, families will be directed to the appropriate staff member that can best support their needs. To learn more about submitting an application for students who require special services, please read the sections below.
Families New to Special Education
If you believe your child has a disability and may need special education services, you can request an evaluation in writing at your local CSE or CPSE. Families can bring a written request, or work with staff at the CSE or CPSE to create a request for an evaluation.
CSE and CPSE locations are listed here.
To find more information about Special Education evaluations, contact your local CSE or CPSE, or visit the Special Education page.
Students with an Individualized Education Program (IEP) or an Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP)
If your child has already been evaluated by a CPSE and currently has an Individualized Educational Program (IEP), please review this section for more details about how to apply for pre-k:
- If your child currently has an IEP that recommends Related Services or Special Education Itinerant Teacher (SEIT) services, please use the standard application process described in the Pre-Kindergarten Directory.
- If your child has an IEP for a Special Class or a Special Class in an Integrated Setting for a full or half-day, please contact the CSE or CPSE.
If your child has received Early Intervention services and has an Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP), your child will need to be evaluated by your local CSE or CPSE to develop an IEP with recommended services or supports for pre-school special education. To find more information about Special Education evaluations, contact your local CSE or CPSE, or visit the Special Education page.