All NYC families with children born in 2013, including students with disabilities, may apply to pre-K programs for the 2017-2018 school year beginning January 17, 2017. Some families will work with their local Committee on Preschool Special Education (CPSE) to identify a program that meets the needs of their child, depending on the special education program recommended for your child.
Students New to Special Education
Special education preschool services are available for children with disabilities or delays in development that may affect learning. Send a written request for an evaluation of your child’s eligibility to your local Committee on Preschool Special Education (CPSE). Your local CPSE office is determined by the school district in which your family lives.
If your child is eligible for special education services, the CPSE will work with you to create an Individualized Education Program (IEP). An IEP is a plan that describes your child’s skills and abilities, and outlines the services that the NYCDOE provides to meet your child’s unique needs. These services may be delivered at your home, at a NYCDOE pre-K program, in a separate preschool special education program, or other child care location.
CPSE offices also ensure that families whose home language is a language other than English are supported before, during, and following the referral process, including but not limited to providing interpretation services and bilingual assessments as needed.
Contact the CPSE in your district or visit the Preschool Special Education page to learn more about preschool special education.
Students with an Individualized Education Program (IEP)
If your child already has an IEP, enrollment in a pre-K program is based on the IEP recommendation, which can be found under the “Recommended Special Education Programs and Services” section of his or her IEP.
Special Education Itinerant Teacher (SEIT) and/or Related Services
If your child’s IEP recommends SEIT and/or Related Services, he or she can receive these services at any NYCDOE pre-K program (district school, Pre-K Center, NYCEEC, or charter school).
Please Note: Due to classroom ratio requirements, children recommended for SEIT and/or Related Services may not be able to enroll in programs that have only Special Class in an Integrated Setting classrooms. Review the programs list information in the Directory or contact a program directly to find out if a particular program has only Special Class in an Integrated Setting classrooms.
Special Class or Special Class in an Integrated Setting
If your child’s IEP recommends Special Class or Special Class in an Integrated Setting, work with your local CSPE directly to find an appropriate preschool special education program for your child.
You may still choose to apply through the admissions process. If you would like your child to attend a NYCDOE general education pre-K program:
- Contact your CPSE to request a reevaluation to determine if a SEIT and/or Related Services recommendation is appropriate for your child instead of a Special Class or Special Class in an Integrated Setting.
- Call the Division of Early Childhood Education at 212-374-0351 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to find out if your child may additionally attend a NYCDOE general education pre-K program before or after his or her recommended half-day or full-day special education.
If your child received Early Intervention (EI) services and you believe he or she may need preschool special education services, you must refer your child to the Committee on Preschool Special Education (CPSE). This is done by sending a written request for an evaluation to the CPSE office that serves the district where your family lives. If your child is found eligible, the CPSE will work with you to create an Individualized Education Program (IEP) and arrange services.
Review this flyer for more information on pre-K admissions for students with IEPs.
Students with Mobility Impairments
Children with mobility impairments may require an accessible pre-K program. These 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, and the gymnasium; in some cases school programs may need to be re-located to accommodate access. At least one restroom is accessible.
All district schools, Pre-K Centers, and charter schools that are considered accessible are indicated with the accessibility icon next to the school name and number in the Directory and posted on the List of Accessible Sites by borough.