Special Education for Preschoolers with Disabilities (Policy # 5112 & 2460)

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The preschool program has been developed to identify and provide comprehensive educational experiences for disabled children three to five years. Many children enter our Preschool Disabled program after leaving Early Intervention Programs that are offered by a variety of providers in Essex County and the surrounding area.

The goal of the program is two-fold:

  • To provide a natural environment for children of varying developmental levels to work at acquiring skills needed to achieve and develop to the fullest extent in the least restrictive environment.
  • To support families as they develop resources for managing the daily stresses involved in raising a child with special needs.

The emphasis of the curriculum is positive. It focuses on the strengths of the child and the child's existing resources. This framework can be readily adapted to the natural setting of the home, with caregivers providing the active learning experiences, a facilitative structure with supportive guidance. Parents are supported to be the first and primary teachers of their children, a role that continues for a lifetime.

Students classified as Preschool Disabled attend a half-day program Monday through Friday. Related services, including but not limited to occupational therapy, speech therapy, and physical therapy may be provided via consultation, group lessons or individual therapy, as determined by the student's individual educational programs.

Opportunities, as prescribed in the student's IEP, are available for students to integrate with their non-disabled peers in school activities as well as within the general education preschool program offered for four year old students. Further details about this program may be obtained by contacting the Director of Student Services at (201) 848-5690.

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Federal and state regulations provide for services to children from birth to age 21. The state of New Jersey, through a variety of programs provides services for children from birth to three years of age. Services for children from ages 3-21 are generally provided by local school districts. In New Jersey, districts are required each year to engage in activities to alert parents of the availability of these services. This web site announcement is one of the activities Wyckoff engages in to reach out to parents.

Children are generally eligible for services on the date of their third birthday. It is important to note that not all needs of young children are served through this program. Related services such as speech and other therapies are only provided if the child is determined to require a special education program. Parents of children who will be three anytime during the school year should contact Student Services as early as possible, if they are concerned about their child's intellectual, physical, or emotional development. Professional guidance and an educational program (if needed) are available. For information, call the Director of Student Services at (201) 848-5690.

Early Intervention

Early Intervention services are also available for children from birth to three years old who exhibit delays in talking, moving, learning, or behaving. Call (888) 653-4463 for additional information.

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