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The New York State Education Department (NYSED) oversees a statewide Preschool Special Education program in conjunction with school districts, and approved providers like Alternatives For Children. The program is designed for preschool children who have, or are suspected of having a disability pursuant to Section 4410 of Article 89 of the New York State Education law. Evaluations and specially planned individual or group instructional programs and services are provided to eligible children who have a suspected developmental disability that affects their learning.
If your child received Early Intervention services as an infant or toddler they may need to continue with a Preschool Special Education program. In preparation for your child’s third birthday your service coordinator will assist you with transition planning and make a referral to your school district’s Committee on Preschool Special Education (CPSE). If your preschool age child did not receive Early Intervention services, but has some suspected developmental delays, you may want to contact the Committee on Preschool Special Education (CPSE) of your local school district, who will then assist you in beginning the referral process.
When your child is referred to the Committee on Preschool Special Education (CPSE), you will be given a list of agencies approved by the New York State Education Department (NYSED), including Alternatives For Children, who can provide Preschool Special Education evaluations.
Alternatives For Children provides Preschool Special Education Evaluations as authorized by the New York State Education Department (NYSED) in both Nassau and Suffolk Counties.
If it has been determined that your child has a disability that may be affecting their learning, the Committee on Preschool Special Education (CPSE) will find your child to be an eligible "preschool student with a disability.” The Committee on Preschool Special Education (CPSE) will also recommend the program/services to meet your child’s individual needs and where they will be provided. The next step is for you and the other Committee on Preschool Special Education (CPSE) members to write an Individualized Education Program (IEP) for your child that will list the recommended services to be provided.
The programs and/or services your child will receive will be outlined in their Individualized Education Program (IEP). The Individualized Education Program (IEP) will list the service, how many times a week the service will take place, the duration, and where the service will take place. The Individualized Education Program (IEP) will also outline what type of setting your child should be placed in to best serve their individual needs; these may include their daily child care setting, community location, or one of our four centers.
Alternatives For Children is a New York State Preschool Special Education provider, offering both integrated and self-contained preschool classes. Our integrated classrooms offer children with special needs the opportunity to learn and grow alongside their typically developing peers. All four Alternatives For Children locations are licensed by the New York State Office of Children and Family Services.
At Alternatives For Children, we use the Creative Curriculum, which is aligned with the New York State P-12 Common Core Learning Standards (CCLS), and ensures continuity with the Common Core State Standards in ELA and Math, to guide young children in learning and acquiring necessary content and skills. The Creative Curriculum is an early childhood curriculum designed to foster children’s social/emotional, physical, cognitive and language development, as well as enhance learning in literacy, math, social studies, the arts and technology.
At Alternatives For Children we encourage children to become independent, self-confident, curious learners. We provide a natural learning environment with opportunities to enhance and enrich your child’s educational experience. Our comprehensive preschool programs, taught by dually certified special education/early childhood education teachers and certified teacher assistants, are designed so that children will meet or exceed the criteria established for their age, be ready to learn and be inquisitive, and be successful as they transition to the kindergarten environment. Graduates leave Alternatives For Children ready to learn and ready for Kindergarten.
Alternatives For Children provides a full array of Special Education Related Services which are available according to your child’s Individualized Education Program (IEP). Special Education Related Services are provided by licensed, experienced therapists.