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    Seattle Public Schools offers special education services for children age 3-5 determined eligible with a disability that impacts educational progress and who are in need of specially designed instruction. Services are provided in communication, motor, adaptive, social and/or cognitive development. Specialized services are available to children who are deaf/hard-of-hearing, children with autism and children with assistant technology or nursing needs.

    Weekly Schedule for Developmental Preschool Classrooms

    The weekly schedule for developmental preschool classrooms will be Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday with AM and PM half-day sessions available. Wednesday is a non-student day.

    For More Information

    Child Find Screening and Referral If you are concerned for a preschooler with a possible delay in development, please call our Child Find Screening and Referral line (206) 252-0805.

    Other Preschool Students For questions regarding enrolling your typically developing preschooler in our program, please contact the preschool in your neighborhood.

    Families Experiencing Homelessness If your family is living in a temporary situation, you may contact our McKinney-Vento Program at (206) 252-0660.


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    Services & Programs

    Our programs are designed to offer a continuum of services in an effort to meet a variety of student developmental needs. The following continuum of services are offered:

    Therapy Services Only

    Individual or small group services are provided to eligible children who can make progress in one or two developmental areas when provided with 1-2 therapy sessions per week. The sessions occur at local schools.

    Itinerant Services

    Services provided to students enrolled in a childcare/preschool located within a Seattle school, SPP or SPS Head Start program who can make progress in that environment with the support of a Special Education Teacher working within that classroom context 1-2 times per week.

    Developmental Preschool

    Programs provide high quality early childhood environments where activities are designed by Special Education Teachers and Therapists to meet the individual developmental needs of students. Preschools run morning and afternoon sessions Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday, for 2 hours and 40 minutes. Typically developing preschoolers from the community are included in many of the programs.

    Preschool Continuum of Intensive Services (P.C.I.S.)

    Students with autism who are enrolled in a SPS preschool program may be considered by the Individualized Education Program (IEP) team for more intensive services  to accomplish specific goals in their IEP. 

    Seattle Preschool Program Plus (SPP Plus)

    Programs provide high quality early childhood learning environments where activities are designed by Special Education Teachers and Therapists to meet the individual developmental needs of students, and then integrated into a General Education preschool classroom structure by both Special Education and General Education Teachers. Students attend full-time, Monday thru Friday, 6.5 hours/day (except on Wednesdays which are early release days). *There will be a tuition component for the full-day SPP Plus programs unless your family meets the income qualifications for free preschool. 

    Experimental Education Unit (EEU)

    Seattle Public Schools contracts with the Experimental Education Unit (EEU) at University of Washington for a limited number of special education slots to provide Developmental Preschool and SPP Plus Services. 

    Who is eligible to apply for EEU?

    • Seattle Public Schools preschool students with a current IEP requiring placement in developmental preschool or SPP Plus are eligible to apply for a preschool assignment at the EEU. 
    • Preschool students rising to kindergarten who require a special education program placement in Access, Focus, SEL or Distinct programs are eligible to be selected for kindergarten assignment at the EEU.
    • Students must be 3 years old by May 31st and have a current IEP.

    The process for applying for developmental preschool and kindergarten at the Experimental Education Unit (EEU) at the University of Washington has changed.


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    Child Find

    Child Find, an IDEA mandate, seeks to locate all children with disabilities who would benefit from public services. They provide an initial referral point for children not enrolled in Seattle Public Schools. Additionally, they conduct outreach efforts to identify at-risk children who may not be independently referred.

    If you suspect a child has a disability, they are over the age of three, and are not currently enrolled in Seattle Public Schools contact Child Find for a screening or referral at (206) 252-0805.

    Birth-to-Three Transition

    Birth-Three Services are not administered by Seattle Public Schools. Contact WithinReach of Washington State toll free on their Family Health Hotline: 1-800-756-5437.

    For families living within district boundaries and receiving early intervention services, transition is a time to gather information and make decisions about referring their child for evaluation. If eligible, families have the option to have their child receive special education services from Seattle Public Schools. The process includes the following:

    Transition Meeting takes place with family, agency staff and district staff at least 90 days prior to the child’s third birthday. At the meeting, a decision will be made to determine if concerns in development continue and a referral for consideration of special education evaluation is requested. A Transition Plan is also developed. Available information about the child’s development is gathered.

    Evaluation is done to determine eligibility in the possible areas of communication, cognitive development, motor-development, and self-help and social skills.

    Individual Education Program is developed by parents and district staff no later than a child’s third birthday and reflects the services the child requires.

    Services begin for eligible children by their third birthday.

     

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