SPECIAL EDUCATION SERVICES
PRESCHOOL STARS(SPECIALIZED THERAPY AND READINESS SERVICES)
WHO IS ELIGIBLE FOR PRESCHOOL SPECIAL EDUCATION SERVICES?
With parental consent, anyone may refer a child for his program, including:
Early Intervention Programs/Therapy Providers
WHAT IS THE COST FOR ELIGIBLE PRESCHOOL AGED STUDENTS TO PARTICIPATE?
All services provided through the Early Childhood Program are offered at no charge. Funding is provided through federal, state and local sources.
HOW ARE CHILDREN REFERRED FOR AN EVALUATION?
The Early Learning Coordinator coordinates the referrals, evaluations and initial IEP meetings for all preschool students.
Several documents are required for all referrals:
Proof of Age (certified copy of birth certificate or federal, state, county or school document with date of birth)
Social Security Card
Proof of Residency
Proof of Authorized Person to Enroll
Current Immunization Record (GA Health Dept. Form #3231)
Hearing/Vision Form current within 6 months of date of referral (GA Health Dept. Form #3300)
WHAT HAPPENS AFTER A CHILD IS REFERRED FOR THIS PROGRAM?
The parent/guardian will be interviewed by the Early Learning Coordinator to document concerns and background information, begin working on strategies to help the child and begin data collection to monitor progress.
Once all required documents are received and hearing and vision are cleared, the child will be scheduled for an evaluation. Based on the child’s individual needs, a placement meeting will determine how the child will receive services. If eligible, services will be provided in the child’s least restrictive environment. This may include preschools/childcare centers, the home or in a preschool special education classroom.
WHAT SERVICES ARE AVAILABLE?