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Pre-School Services

Pre-school Special Education (3 to "age of beginners")

Evaluation
  • If your child received Early Intervenion (El) services prior to age 3, the local agency for pre-school special education (the MAWA agency) will do an evaluation before your child is 3.
  • If your child did not receive El services prior to age 3, write to the MAWA agency and request an evaluation, giving written consent.
  • The evaluation will include testing of thinking, communication, physical (including hearing & vision), socialization and self-help skills.
  • The evaluation must be completed and a written report given to you within 60 calendar days after your written consent.
Eligibility

  • Children are eligible for services if they have a 25% delay in one or more of the tested areas of development or if they have a diagnosed disability and need pre-school special education services.
Developing a Plan - The IEP
  • A team (including parents) will write an Individualized Education Program (IEP) describing goals & objectives expected for the child and the specific amount & type of services to be given
  • IEPs are:
    1. developed within 30 calendar days of the evaluation
    2. reviewed every year
    3. written every calendar year
  • IEP meetings can be requested at any time during the year to change the IEP.
Services
  • Services are free and must be appropriate in the amount, type and location to allow the child to achieve the goals & objectives on the IEP.
  • Services must be given, to the maximum extent appropriate, in the least restrictive environment (LRE). That could mean a community preschool, center or your home.
  • Services can only begin with your written permission on a Notice of Recommended Educational Placement.
  • The MAWA Agency is responsible for making sure that the IEP is implemented, even if you are receiving services from a contracted agency or professional.
Right to Disagree

If you disagree with the evaluation, IEP or placement, you may:
  1. File a complaint with the PA Dept. of Education, Bureau of Special Education.
  2. Request mediation from the PA Special Education Mediation Service (SEMS) .
  3. Request a prehearing conference and/or due process hearing. T
This information is provided by the PARENT EDUCATION NETWORK (PEN); 2107 Industrial Highway; York, PA 17402; 800-522-5827; pen@parentednet.org. It is not intended to provide legal advice PEN is funded as a Parent Training & Information Center by the US Department of Education. No official endorsement of the content is implied.

Early Intervention (birth to age 3)

Evaluation
  • A team (parents, service coordinator and at least one other professional) will conduct the evaluation.
  • The evaluation includes testing in these developmental areas: thinking, communication, physical (including hearing and vision), socialization and self-help skills and must be done within 45 calendar days of your request.
Eligibility

  • The child must have a 25% delay in one or more of the tested developmental areas or have a diagnosed disability.
Developing a Plan - The IFSP
  • A team including the parent(s) writes an Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP) describing the outcomes expected for the child and family and the specific amount and type of services to be given.
  • IFSPs are:
  • developed within 45 calendar days of referral to MH/MR
  • reviewed every 6 months
  • written every year
  • IFSP meetings can be requested at any time to change the IFSP.
Services
  • Must be appropriate in amount of time and type to allow the child and family to achieve the outcomes written in the IFSP.
  • Must be given in a location appropriate to meet the outcomes on the IFSP and, to the maximum extent appropriate, in natural environments.
Transition
  • A meeting will be held at least 90 days before your child turns 3.
  • The meeting will be with parents, representatives from the MH/MR and education systems who are in change of preschool special education in your area.
Right to Disagree
  • If you disagree with the evaluation, IFSP, services or place where services take place, you may:
    • File a complaint with the regional office of MH/MR.
    • Request mediation from the Special Education Mediation Service (SEMS).
    • Request a prehearing conference and/or due process hearing.
This information is provided by the PARENT EDUCATION NETWORK (PEN); 2107 Industrial Highway; York, PA 17402; 800-522-5827; pen@parentednet.org. It is not intended to provide legal advice PEN is funded as a Parent Training & Information Center by the US Department of Education. No official endorsement of the content is implied.

Transition to School-age Programs

If your child will be kindergarten age in your school district this fall and YOU WANT YOUR CHILD IN KINDERGARTEN. . .
  • In February, go to the Early Intervention Transition meeting
  • Sign the school district form Intent to Register
  • Give permission to:
    • transfer records
    • evaluate
    • develop the IEP
If your child will be kindergarten age in your school district this fall and YOU DO NOT WANT YOUR CHILD IN KINDERGARTEN. . .
  • Go to the Transition meeting
  • On the Intent to Register form, mark that you WILL NOT REGISTER
A preschool IEP will be developed later and your child's education will remain the responsibility of the preschool special education agency.

Then...

At 1st grade age...
  • Attend the February transition meeting
  • Sign the school district Intent to Register form
  • Give permission to:
    • transfer records
    • evaluate
    • develop the IEP
If you are unsure about sending your child to kindergarten, you have until May 15th to decide. Talk with other parents about their experiences. Observe classes and programs.

This information is provided by the PARENT EDUCATION NETWORK (PEN); 2107 Industrial Highway; York, PA 17402; 800-522-5827; pen@parentednet.org. It is not intended to provide legal advice. PEN is funded as a Parent Training Information Center by the US Department of Education. No official endorsement of the content is implied.
Pennsbury School District
134 Yardley Avenue, PO Box 338
Fallsington, PA 19058
Telephone: 215-428-4100
Mission Statement
Recognizing our proud traditions and diverse community,
the Pennsbury School District prepares all students to become creative,
ethical, and critical thinkers for lifelong success in a global society.
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