The Committee on Preschool Special Education (CPSE) determines special education eligibility for children 3 to 5 years of age. An evaluation can begin at age 2 years 6 months. Children are identified as a Preschool Student with a Disability by meeting eligibility criteria as outlined by the New York State Education Department. Eligibility is determined by an individual evaluation administered by a multidisciplinary team. If eligible, special education services are provided within a continuum of services with consideration for the least restrictive environment. An Individualized Education Plan (IEP) is developed for each child meeting the eligibility criteria. The child’s program is reviewed at least once a year. Some children may be eligible for services in July and August. Eligibility for summer services is determined by the CPSE.
Referral to the CPSE
A written request by parents or guardians is required to initiate a referral to the CPSE. When making a referral to the CPSE, parents will be required to register their child in the District.
Children transitioning from the Department of Health’s Early Intervention Program that serves infants and toddlers, birth through age two (2) may be referred to the CPSE by parent or guardian, through the intervention services coordinator, with parent consent.
Written parent consent is obtained before any evaluation is conducted. An evaluation must include the following components:
Education Evaluation, including an observation within the child’s preschool or day care setting
Depending upon the concerns for the child, additional components may include a speech-language evaluation, occupational therapy evaluation, physical therapy evaluation, a Functional Behavioral Assessment, or an audiological assessment.
All evaluations will be conducted by a parent-selected evaluator from a County-approved list.