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How do I refer my preschool student for an evaluation?

  1. Babies Can’t Wait (BCW) is the state agency responsible for providing early intervention services for children birth through age three. It is the responsibility of both BCW and the school system to ensure a smooth transition from the BCW program to the school system.  School districts are required to evaluate and have an Individual Education Program (IEP) in place by the child’s third birthday.
  2. Parents may call the Special Needs Preschool office at (770) 426-3331 to refer their child for an evaluation. A referral packet will be sent to the parent to complete.  Once returned, a member of the evaluation team will call to schedule the evaluation.
  3. Private preschools, daycares, physicians, and local and state agencies may call (770) 426-3331 to refer a child for evaluation.

What happens once my child is referred to the Special Needs Preschool program?

A comprehensive evaluation will be scheduled.  Once the evaluation is completed an Eligibility and IEP meeting will be held to determine eligibility for special education and appropriate related services.  Once the IEP is completed, eligible students must be registered by parents at the school they will be attending.  Items required for registration include:

  1. A copy of the child’s Social Security card
  2. Certificate of Immunization (Georgia form 3231) (Religious waiver—Form JLCB-2)
  3. Hearing, Dental, Vision Screening Certificate (Georgia form 3300)
  4. Proof of birth date
  5. Two documents proving residency
  6. Proof of custody, if applicable

See Student Enrollment Information on the CCSD website at www.cobbk12.org for additional information regarding enrollment guidelines.

What does the evaluation process encompass?

Evaluations of a child’s cognitive, communication, motor, social-emotional and self-help skills are provided by a team of professionals that may include an educator, psychologist, therapists, and any other appropriate related support personnel.  A screening team reviews the referrals, gathers information and performs any necessary assessments.

What areas of disability are served within the Special Needs Preschool program?

Disability areas served include:

  • Developmental Delay
  • Other Health Impaired
  • Orthopedically Impaired
  • Hearing Impaired
  • Visually Impaired
  • Speech/Language Impaired
  • Intellectual Disability
  • Learning Disability
  • Traumatic Brain Injured
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Emotional/Behavioral Disorder

What is the cost of the evaluation and Special Education services once my child is eligible?

All services provided through the Special Education Preschool program, including the comprehensive evaluation, are offered at no charge. Funding is provided through federal, state and local sources.

How old must my child be to receive Special Education services?

Special Education services are available for all eligible three, four and five-year old children who reside within the Cobb County School District boundaries.   Services for eligible children are available on their third birthday.

What services are available to my child once he/she is found eligible?

Eligible preschoolers may be served through a home-based, community-based, or facility-based model, or unique combinations of the three models. Services are designed to meet individualized student needs. Each child receives instruction according to his/her Individualized Education Program (IEP). Speech and language therapy, occupational therapy, and physical therapy are available to eligible preschoolers as recommended in the IEP.

Will transportation services be offered for my child once they are found eligible for special education services?

Transportation is available for children receiving services through the facility-based model. Car seats are provided by the district at no cost.

Jackie Turner
Supervisor
Email

Preschool Secretaries
Carla Canington Email    |   Isabel Contreras Email
P: 770-426-3331
F: 678-594-8068

Katherine Beech
Email

Allison Castleberry
Email

Holli Atwater
Email

Megan Murphy: Autism Program Specialist
Email

Emily Merritt: Behavior Program Specialist

Email

Amanda Stafford: Assistive Technology Specialist
Email

Vonda Carmichael: Preschool Social Worker
Email

Parent Mentor Webpage

Stacy Greene
Email

Antoinette Nichols
Email
Phone: (770)-529-0046

PARENT RESOURCES

Cobb County School District Special Needs Preschool program implements a literacy-based instructional model involving teaching readiness skills through exposure to repeated readings of children’s literature. Repeated readings of highly engaging children’s literature provide our preschoolers with engaging instruction across all developmental domains through real-life literacy experiences. These literacy-based units are tied to additional curricula to include: Zoo-phonics Multisensory Language Arts Program, Hands on Standards Math, Handwriting Without Tears: Get Set for School, and the Learn to Move, Move to Learn program.

Zoo-phonics Multisensory Language Arts Program is a kinesthetic, multi-modal approach to learning all aspects of language arts, including vocabulary development and articulation, based on phonics and phonemic awareness. Zoo-phonics is a method developed to enhance early reading skills through a multisensory, whole brain approach. Children learn phonics through the presentation of animals drawn in the shapes of letters for ease in memory.  Related body movements are also taught for each letter to help “cement” letter identification and related phonics concepts.

Hands on Standards Math provides math lessons that are connected to real-world problem solving and are aligned with standards. Hands on Standards Math provides a focus on preschool appropriate lessons across five math areas including Number and Operations, Geometry, Algebra, Measurement, and Data Analysis and Probability.

Handwriting Without Tears: Get Set for School provides hands on activities that address general academic readiness, alphabet knowledge, letter and number recognition and formation, counting, drawing, shapes, and colors through multisensory lessons. Lessons coordinate with literacy-based thematic units.

Learn to Move, Move to Learn is a program which assists in the integration of motor, language, cognitive, and social emotional skill development into thematically based interventions. Learn to Move, Move to Learn units provide sensory and movement based activities which link to the literacy-based thematic units and standards based instruction implemented in Cobb County School District Special Needs Preschool classrooms.

http://www.crickweb.co.uk/Early-Years.html

Free on-line games teach 3-4 year olds, initial sounds, colors, compare and order, counting, matching and mouse skills at home, school or nursery. Use on an IWB, PC or Mac.


https://kids.nationalgeographic.com/

National Geographic Kids is an interactive website and on-line videos and games teach young children about the animals inhabiting our world.


www.abcya.com

ABCya.com, L.L.C. is a website that provides educational games and activities for school-aged children. The games on the website are organized into grade levels from pre-kindergarten to fifth grade, as well as into subject categories such as letters, numbers, and holidays.


https://www.funbrain.com/

FunBrain is a website for online educational games for kids of all ages.


www.pbskids.org

PBS Kids website provides educational videos and games for children of all ages.


www.starfall.com

At Starfall, children of all ages have fun while they learn – specializing in reading, phonics & math educational games, movies, books, songs, and more for children K-3.


www.storylineonline.net

Storyline Online children’s literacy website streams storybook videos featuring celebrated actors reading children’s books alongside creatively produced illustrations. Readers include Viola Davis, Chris Pine, Lily Tomlin, Kevin Costner, Annette Bening, James Earl Jones, Betty White and dozens more.

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

Early Math Matters: A Guide for Parents of Preschoolers

http://mathathome.org/early-math-matters/

This free eight-course online curriculum introduces teachers, parents and caregivers to mathematical concepts such as math literacy, number sense, patterns, geometry, measurement, data collections and math processes.

https://www.educationaltoyfactory.com/math-activities-for-preschoolers/

http://www.getreadytoread.org/early-learning-childhood-basics/early-math/early-math-matters-a-guide-for-parents-of-preschoolers

http://www.cal.org/caela/tools/program_development/elltoolkit/Part3-23LiteracyActivitiesintheHome.pdf

http://www.readingrockets.org/audience/parent/

http://www.earlyliteracylearning.org/parentresource1.php

CELL has developed specific materials to assist parents in guiding their child’s early literacy development through the use of fun and exciting literacy learning experiences. Practitioners working with parents will also find these resources helpful.

http://challengingbehavior.cbcs.usf.edu/Implementation/family.html

The Technical Assistance Center on Social Emotional Intervention for Young Children (TACSEI) has compiled information and select resources for families and caregivers to help young children develop social emotional skills and reduce challenging behavior.

http://decal.ga.gov/InstructionalSupports/Seeds.aspx

This website contains links to various state and national resources and documents to support teachers and families in their efforts to support children’s social, emotional, and behavioral development.

https://www.iidc.indiana.edu/pages/using-visual-schedules-a-guide-for-parents

Teaching Tools for Young Children

http://challengingbehavior.cbcs.usf.edu/Pyramid/pbs/TTYC/tools.html

http://mtbt.fpg.unc.edu/

A brief guide that describes ten practices that early childhood teachers can use to foster language and communication skills among infants and toddlers. The guidelines are based upon the latest research findings on optimal adult-child interactions for promoting strong language and communication skills among young children.

http://teachmetotalk.com/

Teach Me to Talk: Downloadable training materials, podcasts, videos; parent’s guide to speech and language development

Georgia Parent to Parent

www.parent2parentofga.org

Georgia Community Support and Solutions

www.gacommunity.org

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