Committee on Preschool Special Education
Ages 3 - 5

The responsibility of the Committee on Preschool Education (CPSE) is to determine if students ages 3 - 5 are eligible for special education or related services. If you have concerns regarding your child's development, please contact Stacey Clark, CPSE Chair. (607) 869-9636 x3313 or sclark@southseneca.org


CPSE Meeting to Determine Eligibility
Recommendations / Implementation of the IEP
Annual Review - within one calendar year


To begin the referral process, the parent must submit their referral to the district in writing. CPSE referrals can come from:

  • Parent
  • Early Intervention (EI) providers
  • Preschool teachers
  • Daycare Providers
  • Physician

Once the written referral is received:

  • District contacts parent
  • District explains the Process
  • Areas of concern are discussed
  • District and parent agree on evaluations needed, all students must have a psychological evaluation
  • Parent receives CPSE referral packet including:
    • Prior Written Notice – purpose and description of recommendation with consent
    • Approved List of Evaluators – with consent
    • Social History Packet – must be returned
    • NYS Parent’s Rights
    • NYS Procedural Safeguards

**Consents and Social History must be returned for the CPSE process to continue

  • Upon receipt of signed consents and Social History, the district has 60 calendar days to have the evaluations completed and to hold the Initial Eligibility Meeting
  • Consents and Social History sent to Approved Evaluator
  • Evaluator contacts parent to schedule evaluation
  • Evaluator must complete observation if student is in current UPK or Headstart program
  • Evaluations completed
  • Psychological
  • Others as needed – OT, PT, Speech / language, social /emotional, autism, sensory screening etc.
CPSE Meeting

(Eligibility Determined)

The purpose of the meeting is for the Committee to determine if the student is eligible for Special Education or Related Services. The Committee will review the completed evaluations. To be eligible for services a student must have a

33% delay in one developmental area or 25% delay in 2 or more developmental areas

Developmental Areas:

  • Cognitive Skills
  • Communication
  • Social / Emotional
  • Motor Skills

  • Recommendations / Implementation
    • IEP recommendations should begin as soon as possible, but no later than 30 days from the date of recommendation by CPSE
    • Parents need to sign a Consent for Initial Provision of Special Education Services
    • Services may not begin until the district receives consent
    Annual Review

    A CPSE meeting must be held at least once a year to review the student's progress toward goals and to review and revise the student's education program.

    Members of the committee include:

    1. Parent(s) of the student
    2. Regular education teacher of the child whenever the child is or may be participating in the regular education environment
    3. Special education teacher of the child or, if appropriate, special education provider of the child
    4. School district representative who is qualified to provide or supervise special education and is knowledgeable about the general curriculum and the availability of preschool special education programs and services and other resources of the school district and the municipality (This person is the Chairperson of the Committee.)
    5. An individual who understands and can talk about the evaluation results and how these results affect instruction (This person may also be the special education teacher/provider, regular education teacher, school psychologist, school district representative or someone that the school district determines has knowledge or special expertise regarding the student.)
    6. Parent member (upon request)
    7. Other people that have knowledge or special expertise regarding the child, including related services personnel as appropriate (as requested by the parent or school district)
    8. A county representative (A certified or licensed preschool representative from the municipality must be notified of scheduled meetings, however, the CPSE meeting can be held whether or not the municipal representative attends.
    ADDAttention Deficit Disorder
    ADHDAttention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
    ATAssistive Technology
    BIPBehavior Intervention Plan
    CPSECommittee on Preschool Special Education
    ESYExtended School Year
    FBAFunctional Behavioral Assessment
    IEPIndividualized Education Program
    LRELeast Restrictive Environment
    OTOccupational Therapy
    PTPhysical Therapy
    SEITSpecial Education Itinerant Teacher
    SLPSpeech Language Pathologist
    STSpeech Therapy
    SWDStudent with Disability

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