Universal Pre-K services are available on a limited basis through the public school system and community based contracted providers. Pre-admission is required. Information regarding programs in your area as well as the application process is available on the DOE website.
Child Care services may be available to children ages two months to twelve years. Early childhood care services include an educational component which promotes school readiness.
Head Start is available to economically disadvantaged children ages birth through 5 years. It is also available to children in foster care and those from families receiving TANF or SSI, regardless of income. Children with disabilities may also participate.
Pre-School Special Education services are available to children ages 3-5 who are found eligible through the Committee on Preschool Special Education (CPSE). (To contact the CPSE, call the Committee on Special Education office and ask for the CPSE Administrator for your district.) Referrals for evaluation must be made in writing.
Sample request for referral and referral letters:
A parent may refer her/his child to the CPSE or Children's Services may request a referral. The CPSE will either discuss with the parent whether s/he wishes to refer the child, or the CPSE will make the referral itself. In either case, informed consent will be required.
Consent/surrogacy: Consent for services is needed by the birth parent, unless rights have been terminated, or whereabouts are unknown.