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, arrangements will be made for your eligible child to receive one or more of the following special education program 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 student 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.