Preschool peer playmate program

Windsor - posted Jan, 09 2014

WINDSOR - The Windsor public schools is beginning its screening process for the 2014-2015 school year Preschool Peer Playmate Program. Preschool girls and boys with typical development skills should apply to attend the district’s special needs preschool program, along with children who have special needs. Parents or legal guardians must call between Jan. 2 and Jan. 31, for information. There are a limited number of half-day preschool openings in the 2014-2015 special education classrooms for Windsor children with typical development skills who will be ages 3 or 4 as of Sept. 2014. The Preschool Peer Playmate Program will be located at Oliver Ellsworth School at 730 Kennedy Road. These young students must have strong language and play skills. They will be fully integrated into the special needs preschool classrooms that are taught by special education teachers. Parents or legal guardians who are interested in the Preschool Peer Playmate Program will need to contact Cassie Rogers at 860-687-2070 ext. 216 or email to: between Jan. 2 and Jan. 31. To be considered, children will participate in an hour-long screening on Monday, March 24 at Oliver Ellsworth School. During this screening, members of Windsor’s preschool team will interact with and observe children in a preschool setting. There are limited spaces for the Preschool Peer Playmate Program, and student selection will be based upon those whose skills are the best match for the needs of the special education program. Families will be notified about whether their child has a spot in the program by April 30. In addition, Windsor residents who have questions or concerns regarding the development of their preschooler can schedule their child for a free screening. Oliver Ellsworth School will offer screenings to assess the developmental skills of any three- and four-year-olds in Windsor. The screening will include speech, vision, physical motor-skills and other areas of development. Children will participate in an informal play session. During the screening process, a team of early childhood professionals will observe and provide parents or caregivers with feedback regarding their child’s development. The purpose of these screenings is to help identify and refer all young children and their families who may be in need of early intervention support or preschool special education services. Parents or legal guardians may sign up a three- and four-year-old for a preschool screening on any of the following dates: Monday, Feb. 10 or Monday, April 28.

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