Special Education Services

Preschool STARS(Specialized Therapy and Readiness Services)

Who is eligible for preschool special education services?

Lumpkin County serves children ages 3-5 who have been identified through the preschool referral and evaluation process to be eligible for special education services.

If a child is not developing appropriately in one or more of the following areas, he or she may be eligible for this program:

  • Cognitive Development (thinking and learning skills)
  • Communication (understanding and using speech and language)
  • Motor Development (physical development, gross and fine motor skills)
  • Adaptive/Self-Help (feeding, dressing, toileting, personal independence)
  • Social (peer and adult interaction, coping skills, behavior)

Children who are younger than 3 years should be referred to Babies Can’t Wait (1-800-430-4212).

Who can refer a child to the preschool special education program?

With parental consent, anyone may refer a child for his program, including:

  • Parents/Guardians
  • Physicians/Healthcare Providers
  • Childcare Providers
  • Preschool Providers
  • 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?

  • Specialized Instruction
  • Speech Therapy
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Physical Therapy
  • Hearing/Vision Services
  • Transportation