Early Intervention/Pre-K

PreSchool

EARLY INTERVENTION - BIRTH TO AGE 3

If your child is under the age of three, and you have concerns about developmental delays (behavioral, speech, language, motor skills and the like), please contact Early Intervention at 1-888-NJEIINFO (1-888-653-4463).

PRESCHOOL REGISTRATION

After a parent or guardian has written a letter requesting an evaluation, the case manager will be contacting you. The case manager will ask that you register your child with the Administrative Assistant of Jefferson Elementary School, Nancy McAllister at (973) 423-6480 x2408.

To register, please go to this link for more information:

https://www.hawthorne.k12.nj.us/cms/One.aspx?portalId=18834690&pageId=19786340

PRE-SCHOOL STUDENTS AND SPECIAL EDUCATION

Pre-school students with disabilities may be eligible for special education services as indicated under federal law, IDEA, and state law, N.J.A.C. 1:6A. In order to receive special education services, the pre-school child will need to be referred to the Child Study Team for evaluation. Children may be eligible for services on the day of their third birthday. The initial referral should be directed to the Director of Special Programs. Once a referral is received, a meeting will be convened with the parent and the pre-school Child Study Team. If the parents and the Team agree to conduct an evaluation, an evaluation plan will be designed. An evaluation plan typically includes a social assessment and a speech and language evaluation. Other evaluations may be added if needed. Once the evaluations are completed, an eligibility meeting will be held to determine the student's eligibility for services. If the student is eligible for services, an Individual Educational Plan (IEP) will be developed and services will be initiated.

The entire process, from the development of the evaluation plan to the provision of services, must be completed within 90 days. Referrals are accepted at any time of the year. If the pre-school student is receiving county-based Early Intervention, the parent is encouraged to begin the process 120 days before the child's third birthday. This will ensure that services begin on the child's third birthday if the child is eligible for such services.

Questions regarding pre-school student identification and services should be directed to the Director of Special Programs at 973-423-6469 x2504.

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