The Integrated Preschool Program has been developed to foster success for both the child with special needs and the typically developing child. The classroom is designed to recognize and respect individual differences.
Referring a child to the preschool program:
A child with special needs is typically referred to the program through Early Intervention, a physician, and/or parent concerns. A child initially undergoes a screening process, which is set up through the early childhood coordinator at the Clyde Brown School. The screenings are scheduled on a monthly basis and are performed by members of the preschool team. Results of the screening may indicate further assessment is needed. If so, the child will be evaluated in the areas of concern.
Transfer of Services from an Early Intervention Agency:
1. A child who is currently receiving services through an Early Intervention Agency may be eligible for special education services in the Millis Public Schools when the child turns three years old.
2. Before the Early Intervention Agency can release reports and information to the Millis Public Schools a parent must sign a release form.~
3. Early intervention assessments and reports are then sent to Millis Public Schools 3 to 6 months before the child's third birthday.
4. An Evaluation Consent Form will be mailed to the family by the Millis Schools for permission to evaluate in areas of need. This may include one or more of these areas: a. educational, b. speech and language, c. occupational therapy, and/or d. physical therapy.
5. The Millis Integrated Preschool Team will contact the child's Service Provider to set up an observation time. A Millis Public Schools' preschool teacher will observe the child at preschool, during an assessment or during a service delivery session.
6. The necessary specialist(s) will contact the family to set up evaluation appointment(s) to be held at the Clyde Brown Elementary School.
7. The child is evaluated by the necessary specialist(s)
8. A Team meeting is scheduled to be held before the child's third birthday.
9. Reports are written and can be mailed to parents before the meeting date (upon request).
10. A Team meeting is scheduled and held to determine eligibility for special education services.
11. Eligibility for specialized preschool program is determined based on individual student needs.
12. If the child is found to be eligible for specialized instruction or related services an Individualized Education Program (IEP) will be developed. Services cannot begin until the IEP is signed by parent.
Please see the link below for information on how to enroll in Millis Public Schools' preschool program for as a peer-partner.