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Preschool Programs

How do I know if my child may benefit from early intervention services?
The early years are extremely important to a child’s development and no two children develop at the same rate. Some children may seem “ahead” and others “a little behind” their peers. Help is available to all eligible children aged 3-5 through public school special education preschool programs. There are general ages at which children should be able to do certain things. The following may help you determine if your child could benefit from a referral for early intervention services.

2 Two Years:
• Kicks large ball
• Recognizes familiar pictures in books
• Turns page of a book independently
• Builds a block tower
• Asks for item by name
• Starts putting two words together

3 Three Years:
• Walks up and down stairs
• Responds to directions
• Begins to ask questions
• Puts together simple puzzles
• Strings beads or completes simple lacing
• Scribbles with crayons
• Feeds self
• Asks to use potty
• Can play along for longer periods of time
• Speech is understandable about 80-85% of the time

4 Four Years:
• Rides a tricycle
• Points to colors and simple shapes
• Knows age and full name
• Plays with other children
• Answers most questions
• Uses 4-5 word sentences
• Cuts on a line with scissors
• Copies simple shapes

5 Five Years:
• Can carry on a conversation
• Prints a few capital letters
• Recognizes own printed name
• Colors within lines
• Counts 10 objects
• Plays cooperative games
• Speech understandable 95% of the time

If I Think My Child May Need Preschool Special Education Services, What Should I Do?

If your child is approaching three years or older contact New Albany Floyd County Schools, Student Support Services at 812-542-2168 to request an educational evaluation.

If your child is under the age of three, he or she may be eligible for other early intervention programs. For more information contact First Steps, 944-1941 or 1-800-941-2450.

Who Will Determine If My Child Is Eligible For Preschool Special Education?
Following an evaluation, a case conference committee that includes parents, a school representative, and a specialist in the area of disability, will work together to determine if your child is eligible for preschool special education. The following are disabling conditions for eligibility:

  • Autism Spectrum Disorder: A developmental disability in communication and social interaction.
  • Communication Disorder: One of several disorders of language or speech.
  • Deaf-Blind: Involves hearing and visual impairment
  • Developmental Delay: For Preschool student only, delay(s) in one or more developmental areas.
  • Emotional Disability: A severe and lengthy emotional condition which adversely affects educational performance.
  • Hearing Impairment: A hearing loss that, with or without amplification, may be referred to as hard of hearing or deaf.
  • Learning disability: Specific deficits in learning processes which adversely affect the student’s educational performance.
  • Mental Disability: Demonstrated by significantly below average general intellectual functioning. May be mild or profound in nature.
  • Multiple Disabilities: Two (2) or more disabilities each so sever that neither can be identified as primary.
  • Orthopedic Impairment: A physical impairment affecting mobility or a chronic or acute health problem.
  • Other Heal Impairment: Manifested by limited strength, vitality or alertness due to chronic or acute health problems.
  • Traumatic Brain Injury: Injury to the brain resulting in total or partial disability that adversely affects a student’s educational performance.
  • Visual Impairment: A vision loss that, even with best correction, adversely affects educational performance. May be referred to as low vision or blind.
  • What Services Will Be Provided By Public Schools?
  • Services are directed to each child’s educational needs. If a child is found eligible for services, the Case Conference Committee will develop an “Individualized Education Program” (IEP) for each child, and based on the IEP, recommend a program for your child.

Does My Child Have Any Legal Rights?
Yes. Children have the right to access special education services. Although schools are required to provide services to eligible children, parents are not required to enroll a preschool aged child in special education program. Parents will be provided with a copy of procedural safeguards at the time their child is referred for evaluation.

For More Information Contact:

New Albany Floyd County School Corporation
Pre School Coordinator-Geradine Schultze
Children's Academy Early Learning Center
1111 Pearl St.
New Albany, IN 47150

Additional Links:
Early Childhood Meeting Place
An events calendar for Indiana’s Early Childhood Community

First Steps
Phone:  Contact them at 1-800-941-2450 or 812 951-0321.

Link to First Steps of Southern Indiana:  www.fsosi.org

Link from preschool to information on transition www.indiantransition.org

Indiana’s Early Intervention System for Infants and Toddlers and their families

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