The Committee on Preschool Special Education (CPSE) is responsible for students who are between the ages of 3-5.
This committee is a multidisciplinary team that is approved by the Board of Education and the team consists of the following people/staff:
- District representative 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.
- Regular education teacher of the child whenever he/she is or may be participating in the regular education environment.
- Special education teacher, or if appropriate, special education provider of the student
- Individual who can interpret the instructional implications of evaluation results
- 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; if the parent requests the parent member be present
- Any other person(s) having knowledge or special expertise regarding the child as requested by the parent.
- A representative of the municipality of the preschool child's residence
- 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
- Parent(s) of the preschool child
** It is important that the parent(s) be at the student's meetings. The parents are the key to helping this whole process be successful and we encourage you to be a part of it all.
The committee meets after a referral has been made and a multidisciplinary evaluation has been completed to review the information and determine if the child is eligible for classification as a Preschool Student with a Disability.
If the child is determined classified the committee develops an Individualized Education Plan (IEP), and places the student in the least restrictive environment. The committee will meet at least once a year to review the student's programs and services and again just before the student turns age 5 to determine whether the child will be transitioning to the Committee on Special Education (CSE).