Committee on Preschool Special Education

  • The Committee on Preschool Special Education (CPSE) is a multidisciplinary team that is approved by the Board of Education.  This committee meets after a referral has been made and a multidisciplinary evaluation has been completed to review the information and determine if a child has a disability.  This committee is responsible for students who are between the ages of 3 and 5.  If a student is eligible for classification, this committee will meet at least once a year to review the student's programs and services.  The committee members shall include, but not be limited to:
    • Parents of the preschool child
    • Regular education teacher
    • Special education teacher
    • Representative of the school district who is qualified to provide or supervise special education and who is knowledgeable about the general education curriculum and the availability of preschool special education programs and services and other resources of the school district and the municipality.
    • An additional parent member of a student with a disability if specifically requested in writing by the parent of the student at least 72 hours prior to the meeting
    • Individual who can interpret the instructional implications of evaluation results
    • Other persons having knowledge or special expertise regarding the child
    • For a child in transition from early intervention programs and services, the appropriate professional designated by the agency that has been charged with the responsibility for the preschool child
    • A representative of the municipality of the preschool child's residence, provided that the attendance of the appointee of the municipality shall not be required for a quorum

    If a student is determined to be eligible for services, the student is classified as a preschool student with a disability and appropriate services will be discussed at the CPSE meeting.