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The Committee on Preschool Education (CPSE) is responsible for children with a disability aged three to five years.

Evaluation Process:

  • A referral is made by the parent or Early Intervention if applicable
  • Parent/guardian will meet with the CPSE chair to go over the process and sign consents for testing
  • An evaluation is scheduled with an approved evaluator at no cost to the family
  • An initial eligibility meeting is scheduled within 60 days from receipt of consent
  • Recommendations from the CPSE committee go to the school board for approval
  • Services are arranged if the child qualifies and parent signs consent for services

CPSE Committee members may include:

  • Parent(s) of the child
  • General education teacher
  • Special education teacher or provider
  • CPSE chairperson
  • Evaluator
  • Parent member
  • Early Intervention Coordinator (if transitioning from EI to CPSE)
  • County representative

Preschool services may include:

  • Related services such as: Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Speech, Counseling
  • Special Education Itinerant Teacher (SEIT)
  • Special Class in an Integrated Setting (SCIS)
  • Special Class

Helpful Links:

Information for Parents of Preschool Students with Disabilities Ages 3-5: http://www.p12.nysed.gov/specialed/publications/preschool/brochure.htm

A Parent’s Guide to Special Education: http://www.p12.nysed.gov/specialed/publications/policy/parentsguide.pdf

A Guide to Preschool Special Education: https://www.kaleidahealth.org/services/docs/childrens/ECDC/Guide-Preschool-Special-Education.pdf

Procedural Safeguards Notice:  http://www.p12.nysed.gov/specialed/formsnotices/documents/NYSEDProceduralSafeguardsNoticeJuly2017v2.pdf