Preschool – Special Education

Preschool evaluations through the Committee on Preschool Special Education (CPSE)

Parents who are concerned that their child ages 2.9-5 years old may have a developmental delay in one or more areas of development should contact their local school district. Parent will need to send a written request to the school district stating what the concerns are. 

The school district will send the parent a consent form for the evaluations along with a list of approved preschool evaluation sites. Parent must sign the consent, indicate the evaluation site they wish to use and return it to their school district. 

The school district will authorize the evaluation site chosen by the parent to conduct the evaluations. A multidisciplinary evaluation will be scheduled and performed. These evaluations are free and multidisciplinary. 

Copies of written evaluation reports are sent to the family and the school district and a meeting is held to determine eligibility. If found eligible, services such as speech therapy, occupational therapy, physical therapy, counseling, special education itinerant teacher (SEIT), special class in an integrated setting (SCIS) or a self-contained special education classroom may be recommended.

The Alcott School is an approved evaluation site. For further information please contact Silvana Dias at our Dobbs Ferry site.  She can be reached at (914) 693-3737 X1125 or sdias@alcottschool.org.

Special education services for 3-5 year olds:

Parents who are concerned that their 3-5 year old child may need special education services (including speech therapy, occupational therapy, counseling, or special instruction) should contact their school district’s Committee on Preschool Special Education (CPSE) This committee will authorize an evaluation. A meeting of the Committee on Preschool Special Education will be held, and if a child qualifies for services they will be authorized. Services such as speech therapy, occupational therapy, counseling, special education itinerant teacher, integrated special education classes or self contained special education classes may be recommended.

Alcott School is an approved Evaluation Site. Evaluations must be authorized by your local school district.

For help scheduling an evaluation please contact: Silvana Dias at our Dobbs Ferry site. She can be reached by phone at 914.693.7677 or 914.693.3737.

Special Education for 3-5 Year Olds -“The Little Class Program”

The Little Class Program is designed to meet the needs of preschool students who require a small, half-day language based special education classroom environment. Our classrooms are designed to help each child be successful and to reach his/her fullest potential. The classrooms are structured and teacher directed, all in a nurturing and supportive atmosphere. Classes are staffed by a certified special education teacher, and two certified teacher assistants. Speech therapy, occupational therapy, and social work services are provided as mandated. Speech therapists and occupational therapists are assigned to classrooms and provide services in a push-in model. Occupational therapists also utilize our sensory gym to provide therapy services. The Little Class Program also provides the following services and programs; yoga, nature therapy, music therapy, parent support groups which meet on a weekly basis and an after school social skills program. Children participate in daily gross motor activities in either our indoor gym or in one of our two outdoor playgrounds. The Little Class Program utilizes a healthy snack program, which introduces children, at an early age to healthy, fun snacks. The Little Class Program, which is housed in a Montessori Preschool building, allows our children to play with children from Montessori classrooms in the gym and playground allowing for multiple mainstream opportunities.

Contact Suzy Bock at 914.693.7677.

Special Class in an Integrated Setting  (SCIS) in a Montessori Program

This is a group of 6 children with special needs located in a Montessori classroom with a group of 12 – 18 typically developing children.  Classes are staffed by a licensed special education teacher, a Montessori head teacher and two teacher assistants or teacher aides. Speech therapy, occupational therapy, and social work services are provided as mandated. The classroom is child directed and follows the Montessori teaching philosophy. We currently offer a Special Class in an Integrated Setting (SCIS) at our Crane Road site both afternoon and full day, as well a morning program at our Dobbs Ferry site.

Contact Debbie Schwartz at 914.472.4404 x 1212

Special Class in an Integrated Setting (SCIS) in a School District

This is a group of 6 children with special needs located in a classroom with a group of 18 typically developing children. The class meets 5 half days (2 1/2 hours) a week in the afternoon in Tarrytown at John Paulding Elementary School. Speech therapy and occupational therapy services are provided as mandated. Priority is given to four year olds living in the school district. Classes are staffed by a licensed special education teacher, a preschool head teacher and two teacher aides.

Contact Debbie Schwartz at 914.472.4404 x 1212

Special Education Itinerant Teacher (SEIT) Program

In this program children attend a mainstream class with typically developing peers in a preschool or daycare setting selected by a parent. A licensed Special Education Teacher provides instruction within the mainstream classroom for the number of hours mandated on the child’s Individualized Education Program (IEP). The SEIT works with the child based on the IEP goals to develop skills which may include: pre-academic readiness (cognitive), fine motor, gross motor, language and socialization. Typical class activities such as circle time, art, free play, gym, music, outdoor playground time and snack time provide many opportunities for learning. If a child is mandated to receive related services (speech, occupational therapy, physical therapy, counseling) in addition to SEIT services, the SEIT acts as the “coordinator” of these services. The SEIT is then responsible for communicating with the child’s related service providers to share information about the child’s educational needs and progress. This ensures that the child receives a coordinated, well-integrated educational program throughout the school year.

Contact Marilyn Donnellan at 914.693.3737