Pre-School Special Education
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.
NYSAC has published a series of policy papers and reports on Pre-School Special Education.
Pre-School Special Education Resources and Reports
The Numbers: Statistics on Approved Services (by county)
Fact Sheet: Bringing Greater Accountability to the Preschool Special Education Program
State Comptroller's Press Releases on Pre-School Special Ed Audits (2012):
Articles: New York's Pre-School Special Education System in the News
- NYSAC calls for stronger voice when funding pre-K special ed. (The Legislative Gazette, November 26, 2012)
- State Seeks to Set Up Unit to Oversee Pre-K Contractors (New York Times, September 7, 2012)
- NYSAC Executive Director Stephen Acquario's op-ed on the issue (June 26, 2012)
- Companies Shortchanged Preschool Special Education Program, State Audits Find (New York Times, June 26, 2012)
- Oversight for Preschool Special Education (New York Times, July 16, 2012)
- Cost of Prekindergarten Special Education Is Soaring (New York Times, June 5, 2012)
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