Transition and referral to preschool education services | Nassau County, New York State

Transition and Referral to Early Childhood Special Education Services
2 years 9 months – 5 years

Transition from Early Intervention Program (EIP) to Preschool Special Education Program

Children currently receiving early intervention services may need ongoing support. With parental consent, your IEP Continuing Services Coordinator will help you through the transition process. You will need to obtain an evaluation of services through the Committee for Preschool Special Education (CPSE) in your local school district.

Direct referral to the Committee for Preschool Special Education (CPSE)

If your child is between 2 years 9 months and 5 years old and has never received early intervention services, parents/legal guardians can contact their local school district’s CPSE directly to request an assessment. The assessment will determine if your child is eligible to receive services to meet their educational needs.

Important dates for the start of the CPSE and the end date of eligibility for EI

*Eligibility for continuation of early intervention services ends the day before a child’s third birthday, unless the following three conditions are met: (See table above)

  • The child is determined eligible for CPSE services before the date of their third birthday
  • A CPSE meeting was held and an Individual Education Plan (IEP) was written
  • Child demonstrates continued eligibility for IPE in accordance with Office of Early Intervention memorandum and regulations

Overview of the Committee on Early Childhood Special Education (CPSE) process

-Parent/legal guardian:

1. Enrolls the child in their local school district

  • birth certificate with embossed seal
  • proof of residence
  • recent health evaluation with vaccinations from your child’s health care provider

2. Refers child to preschool special education for assessment

3. Completes the file provided by the district

-The school district provides a copy of the Procedural Safeguard Notice, which provides a full explanation of parental rights

– A CPSE meeting is held with the parent/legal guardian to review the results of the assessment

-If eligible: the committee recommends a special education program and/or services and develops an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) specifying educational goals and services

Click here for contact information for school district registration and preschool special education

Detailed information on the CPSE and parental rights:

Transition of early intervention services

“Guide to Determining Eligibility and Preschool Special Education Programs and/or Services for Preschool Students with Disabilities”

Resources that can help you with the CPSE:

The Long Island Family and Community Engagement Centers (FACE) (516) 413-4562. Register for trainings by email – [email protected]

Help Me Grow – Long Island Call or text (516) 548-8924 or email [email protected], www.helpmegrowny.org/long-island/

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