Preschool Special Education

school43The Preschool Special Education Programs provides educational services to children ages 3 to 5 who have a disability that affects their learning. Eligibility for services is determined by the child’s individual school district’s Committee on Preschool Special Education (CPSE).  The CPSE determines services by following Part 200 of the New York State Regulations of the Commissioner of Education.

The Referral

For a referral to the CPSE contact the CPSE office of the school district that you reside in. The school district will guide families through the CPSE process.

The following is a list of School Districts in Delaware County:

Andes Central School
(845) 676-3166

Charlotte Valley CSD
(607) 278-5511

Delaware Academy CSD at Delhi
(607) 746-3851

Deposit Central School
(607) 467-2198

Downsville Central School
(607) 363-2100

Franklin Central School
(607) 829-3551

Hancock Central School
(607) 637-2511

Margaretville Central School
(845) 586-2647

Oneonta City School District
(607) 433-8225

Roscoe Central School
(607) 498-4126

Roxbury Central School
(607) 326-4151

Sidney Central School
(607) 563-2135

South Kortright Central School
(607) 538-9111

Stamford Central School
(607) 652-7301

Unatego Central School
(607) 988-5000

Walton Central School
(607) 865-4116

Delaware County Preschool Special Education Program Commonly Used Acronyms:

  • AT – Assistive Technology
  • BIP – Behavioral Intervention Plan
  • BOCES – Board of Cooperative Educational Services
  • BOE – Board of Education
  • CCS – Carousel Children’s Services
  • CPSE – Committee on Preschool Special Education
  • CSE – Committee on Special Education
  • ECDC – Early Childhood Direction Center
  • EI – Early Intervention
  • ESY – Extended School Year
  • FEN – Family Enrichment Network
  • FAPE – Free and Appropriate Public Education
  • FBA – Functional Behavioral Assessment
  • FERPA – Family Education Rights and Privacy Act of 1974
  • HCA – Handicapped Children’s Association


  • IDEA – Individuals with Disabilities Education Act
  • IEP – Individualized Education Program
  • LRE – Least Restrictive Environment
  • NYSED – New York State Education Department
  • OT – Occupational Therapist/Occupational Therapy
  • PNT – Parent Counseling and Training
  • PT – Physical Therapist/Physical Therapy
  • RA – Regional Associate
  • RS – Related Service
  • SCIS – Special Class Integrated Setting
  • SEIT – Special Education Itinerant Teacher
  • ST/SLP – Speech Therapist/Speech Language Pathologist / Speech Therapy
  • TVI – Teacher of the Visually Impaired

How Does the CPSE Work?

The CPSE will arrange for your child to be evaluated to see if there is a need for special education services. If the evaluation shows that your child is eligible the CPSE, with your input, will develop an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) to meet your child’s needs. Services may be provided in your home, your child’s day care, or in a special education classroom setting. Some of the services that may be included on the IEP may include; occupational therapy, physical therapy and speech therapy.

More Information about the Preschool Programs

NYS developed a helpful parent guide

Parent Guide

New York State Resources

NYS Department of Health

NYS Education Department

Parent to Parent of New York State


Regional Resources

The Mid – South Early Childhood Direction Center (ECDC)

The Center is able to answer questions about childhood development, behavior, and a variety of special needs regarding young children (birth through age 5). They provide information, referral and support.