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Preschool (3-5 years)

The Department of Health is responsible for the fiscal and contractual administration of the preschool special needs program. This program is the local implementation of the Federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), part B, which created an entitlement to free appropriate public education for children ages 3-5 years with disabilities or developmental delays. Referrals for a child are made to the school district in which the child resides. Each school district has a Committee on Preschool Special Education (CPSE) chairperson who obtains appropriate consents from the family and provides to them a list of approved evaluators.

A Department of Health municipal representative is a member of the CPSE for each child that resides is Schoharie County. A CPSE meeting is held to determine eligibility and appropriate services in a least restrictive environment. Direct services include related services (therapy in the home or community setting), center-based special education services and transportation.