Preschool Disabilities - Identification and Evaluation Services
Woodland Park resident parents/guardians who notice any special problems in their preschool child's development, including: fine and gross motor development, speech and language development, acquistion of age-appropriate cognitive skills, or other significant developmental delays, should contact the Special Services Office at 973-317-7761 to request a Child Study Team evaluation. The Child Study Team, parents, and other teaching staff members, as required by law, will meet to determine whether an evaluation is warranted, and if warranted, determine the nature and scope of the evaluation, according to the requirements of New Jersey Administrative Code 6A:14. If, upon conclusion of the evaluation, an eligibility determination is made, an appropriate educational program is provided by the Woodland Park School District. These services are available to preschool children who will be turning three, through five years of age*.
*Special Education Services are available for all school age students as well, and any parents desiring further information should contact the Special Services Office at 973-317-7761.
Preschool Disabilities Programs
The Woodland Park Public School District provides the full continuum of services to district preschoolers with disabilities, based on needs identified and agreed upon by the IEP team. The following description is a basic guide and informational reference point as to the type of specialized program currently established in the resident district. Please note that this description is general in nature, and does not adequately reflect the full scope of program options available.
Preschool Disabilities - In District Program Description
The in-district Preschool Disabilities program serves children from ages 3-5 in a language based setting. The staff consists of a special educator, who is also preschool certificated, who works in conjunction with a speech/language specialist, occupational and physical therapist servicing children according to their individual needs as well as group activities. Paraprofessionals are also included in the program. The morning session generally serves the youngest children or those who developmental ages are significantly lower than their chronological ages. The afternoon session generally serves those children who have completed the morning session, are turning four of five years old, or whose language competencies are closer to their chronological ages.