Committee on Preschool Special Education
The Committee on Preschool Special Education (CPSE) is a multidisciplinary team that is approved by the Board of Education. This committee meets after a referral has been made and a multidisciplinary evaluation has been completed to review the information and determine if a child has a disability. This committee is responsible for students who are between the ages of birth-5. If a student is eligible for classification, this committee will meet at least once a year to review the student's programs and services. The committee members shall include, but not be limited to:
- Parents of the preschool child
- Regular education teacher
- Special education teacher
- Representative of the school district who is qualified to provide or supervise special education and who is knowledgeable about the general education curriculum and the availability of preschool special education programs and services and other resources of the school district and the municipality.
- Additional parent member of a child with a disability residing in the school district whose child is enrolled in a preschool or elementary level education program, unless the parent requests the parent member not be present
- Individual who can interpret the instructional implications of evaluation results
- Other persons having knowledge or special expertise regarding the child
- For a child in transition from early intervention programs and services, the appropriate professional designated by the agency that has been charged with the responsibility for the preschool child
Steuben County Early Intervention Program
(Birth to 3 years of age) The New York State Early Intervention Program is designed to address the needs of infants and toddlers with disabilities and their families. To be eligible for services, children must be under 3 years of age and have a confirmed disability or established developmental delay in one or more of the following areas: physical, cognitive, communication, social-emotional, motor, and/or adaptive. Evaluations are arranged to assess developmental levels and determine eligibility for the program. The Early Intervention Program offers a variety of therapeutic and supports services to eligible infants and toddlers with disabilities and their families.
To receive information about or apply to the EI program, call 607-664-2146
Preschool Special Education
Hornell City School District Committee on Preschool Special Education (CPSE) (3 to 5 years of age)
If you have a preschool child (age 3-5) and you have noticed that your child is not developing skills such as walking, talking, or playing like other children, you may want to talk to your family doctor. He or she may be able to reassure you that children develop at different rates and your child is within normal developmental scales. If, however, the doctor is concerned, or you are still not comfortable with your child's progress, you may make a referral to the CPSE. The CPSE is responsible for arranging an evaluation to explore areas of concern, and if a disability is substantiated, to arrange for the delivery of appropriate services.
Also, if your three year old is currently receiving services from the county Early Intervention Program (see above) and continues to need special education services, he or she will need to transition (move) from the EI Program to CPSE. Your EI official will help initiate this process for you.
For more information regarding CPSE, and/or to request a referral packet, please contact Amy Feeley, CPSE Chairperson at 607-324-1303 X-1480.