New York State’s Pre-School Special Education program provides essential services like speech and occupational therapy to children between the ages of 3 and 5 years of age who have special needs. The challenge of the program in New York is that it is misaligned between the payer and the provider of services. Counties have no real role in the preschool special education program, yet counties pay 40.5% of the costs.
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NYSAC Special Report:
Roadmap to Mandate Relief: Improving Pre-school Special Education in NYS
For decades, county officials have advocated for reforms to New York's preschool special education program that would foster greater efficiency, oversight and accountability. NYSAC believes that fundamental reforms are needed now to continue providing these important services in the most efficient and cost effective manner.
The Numbers: Statistics on Approved Services (by county)