Preschool Services

What Is Preschool Special Education?

The New York State Education Department (NYSED), Office of Vocational and Educational Services for Individuals with Disabilities (VESID) oversees a statewide preschool special education program with school districts, municipalities, approved providers and parents.   Specially planned individual or group instructional services or programs are provided to eligible children, Ages 3-5, who have a disability that affects their learning. 

How do I know if my child is eligible for services?

A preschool student is a student ages 3 to 5 years who resides within the Longwood School District.  A letter must be submitted in writing to Longwood’s Special Education Office requesting a referral to the Committee on Preschool Special Education (CPSE).  It is helpful to include specific areas of concern related to your child’s development. 

The child must be registered at the Office of Central Registration prior to initiation of the process.  

Parents will work with the CPSE chairperson to determine what evaluations are needed.  Parents will select evaluators through a county-approved list.

Upon completion of the requested evaluations, Longwood’s Committee on Preschool Special Education (CPSE) will meet to determine eligibility and services for children aged three to five years old.  County representatives ensure appropriate placement of preschool children with disabilities in least restrictive environments (LRE).

Continuum of Preschool Services

Eligible preschool students, ages 3-5, may be entitled to the following services: 

  • Related Services (Speech Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Counseling, Vision, Hearing, Orientation and Mobility)
  • Educational Services

District Contacts:

Brenda Giglio-McCabe, CPSE Chairperson  631-345-2173

[email protected] 

Jenn McCarthy, Executive Director of Special Educaiton 631-345-2173
[email protected]


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