All families with children born in 2014, including preschool students with disabilities, may apply to pre-K programs for the 2018-2019 school year. Many preschool students with disabilities can receive their special education services at a general education pre-K program. Some families with children who have a disability will work with their local Committee on Preschool Special Education (CPSE) to identify a program that meets their child’s needs.
Students New to Special Education
Preschool special education services are available for preschool students with disabilities or delays in development that affect learning. If your child is showing delays, you can contact your CPSE to request an evaluation. If your child is found eligible, the CPSE will work with you to create an Individualized Education Program (IEP).
Contact the CPSE that covers your home district or visit the preschool special education webpage to learn more.
Students with an Individualized Education Program (IEP)
If your child has an IEP, enrollment in a pre-K program is based on his or her IEP recommendation. To find your child’s recommendation, refer to the “Recommended Special Education Programs and Services” section of his or her IEP.
Children Recommended for a Special Education Itinerant Teacher (SEIT) and/or Related Services
- Your child can receive these services at a DOE general education pre-K program (district school, NYCEEC, Pre-K Center, or charter school).
- You should apply using the pre-K application process.
- 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. To find out whether a particular program has only Special Class in an Integrated Setting classrooms, review the program lists in the directory or call programs directly.
Children Recommended for Special Class or Special Class in an Integrated Setting
- You should work with your local CPSE to find an appropriate placement at a preschool special education program.
- The pre-K application process does not include enrollment in these settings.
- Contact your CPSE if you have any questions about your child’s placement.
- You may choose to apply to a pre-K program found in this directory if:
- Your child is reevaluated by the CPSE and the new IEP recommendation is SEIT and/or Related Services.
- You would like your child to attend a DOE general education pre-K program before or after his or her special education program (full-day or half-day). Contact your CPSE to enroll in the preschool special education program and contact the Division of Early Childhood Education (email email@example.com or call 212-374-0351) for more information about participating in a general education pre-K program for the remainder of the day.
Students with Mobility Impairments or Accessibility Needs
The DOE is committed to providing students with limited mobility and/or accessibility needs with a pre-K placement that allows the student to access all relevant programs and services.
For students enrolled in a general education pre-K program, please note that accessible school placements are made after the pre-K admissions process, and are based on documentation that details the particular needs of the child and accommodations required of the building.
For the purpose of school accessibility, a student with limited mobility is one who utilizes a mobility device—such as a wheelchair, walker, crutches, or cane—to negotiate the environment, or any student who negotiates the school environment with difficulty and/or at a slower pace than his/her peers, whether it is due to muscle weakness, lack of endurance, or any other reason.
Accessible Schools or Programs are located in a fully or partially accessible building where an individual with limited mobility 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.
For more information about site accessibility, including a complete list of functionally accessible district schools and Pre-K Centers, please refer to the list of accessible schools. For more information about whether specific NYCEEC programs are accessible, please contact these programs directly.