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 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.

Jeannie Watson

Preschool Secretaries
Patricia Brown Email     Leeanne Shanahan Email
P: 770-426-3331
F: 678-594-8068

Katherine Beech
Allison Castleberry
Holli Atwater
Kim Rocker

Megan Murphy: Autism Program Specialist

Sally Vonier: Behavior Program Specialist

Emily Merritt: Behavior Program Specialist


Laurel McCurry: Assistive Technology Specialist

Amanda Stafford: Assistive Technology Specialist

Vonda Carmichael: Preschool Social Worker

Parent Mentor Webpage

Stacy Green



Antoinette Nichols


Phone: (770)-529-0046

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