Children between the ages of 3-5 can be referred to your local school district’s Committee on Preschool Special Education (CPSE).
The first step in the evaluation process begins with you, the parents. Parents, or legal guardians, must request an evaluation from the CPSE. NYTPS can assist you in contacting your local CPSE office and support you through the process as well as conduct the evaluation if you choose. A comprehensive multidisciplinary evaluation team will give the CPSE the information necessary to determine if your child is eligible for service. Evaluations can be conducted within your home, child’s daycare/preschool or at our approved evaluation sites in Port Jefferson and Farmingdale.
If approved by the school district's committee on special education program, arrangements will be made for your eligible child to receive one or more of the following special education programs and/or services recommended by the CPSE including, but not limited to:
- Speech Therapy (ST)
- Occupational Therapy (OT)
- Physical Therapy (PT)
- Counseling (Play Therapy, Parent Training, Social Skills Groups)
- Special Education Itinerant Teacher (SEIT) - a special education teacher works with a child in a setting recommended
by the CPSE
- Special Class in an integrated Setting (SC/IS) - a class with preschool students with and without disabilities.
- Special Class (SC) - a class with only children with disabilities.
The Committee on Preschool Special Education Program (CPSE) at your local School District is responsible for children 3-5 years old who have or are suspected of having a disability and is funded by the NY State Education Department and by the Nassau and Suffolk County Departments of Health. Evaluations and services are provided at no cost to families.
New York Therapy Placement Services, Inc. (known as NYTPS, Inc.) is a NYS Approved Provider of Early Intervention (birth-3) and Preschool Services (3-5) under contract with Nassau and Suffolk County, NYC DOE and NYS DOH. All Early Intervention evaluations and services are provided to eligible children and are provided at no out of pocket expenses to families; however health insurance may be accessed for Early Intervention. NYTPS, Inc. is a multidisciplinary evaluation site under contract with Nassau and Suffolk Counties and NYC. Services for Early Intervention and Preschool are provided to eligible children upon formal evaluations. Services provided to eligible children who have or are suspected of having a disability pursuant to section 4410 of article 89 of the education law or pursuant to the Early Intervention law are funded by NYS Education Department, Nassau and Suffolk County and NYS DOH.
For Early Intervention Services in Nassau County please call (516) 227-8661, Suffolk County (631) 853-3100 or NYC call 311 (ask for Early Intervention) to refer your child. Eligibility for the Early Intervention Program (EIP) can be determined only by State-Approved evaluators under contract with the municipality. If a child is found eligible for the for the EIP, all needed early intervention services are identified in collaboration with the parent and must be authorized by the municipality. The municipality will arrange for service providers, considering the individual needs of the child and family, to deliver services authorized by the municipality. When early intervention services are delivered in child care settings or community locations that require a fee, the parent is responsible for paying any associated costs with such access to child care or community locations. For preschool services, please call your local school district to make a referral to the Committee on Preschool Education.