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CPSE: Preschool Services

Committee on Pre School Special Education (CPSE)

All children with disabilities ages 3-5 are eligible to receive special education services as determined by the Committee on Preschool Education. The CPSE is a decision-making committee that determines eligibility and the appropriate level of services for preschool children.  This committee is made up of individuals from: 

  • the school district
    • regular education teacher
    • special education teacher
    • Local Education Agency (LEA) representative 
  • the evaluating agency
  • Wyoming County
  • the child's parents 
  • a parent representative (if requested 72 hours in advance)

The committee determines the appropriateness of services for preschool children, which may include:

  • LRE (Least Restrictive Environment)
  • Home, daycare or preschool that the child currently attends
  • In a special education classroom at an approved State Education Preschool Program
  • Full and half-day center-based programs
  • Integrated programs
  • Speech therapy, occupational therapy, and physical therapy

CPSE Evaluation: The initial evaluation is comprehensive. The evaluation includes:

  • a social history
  • a psychological assessment
  • a medical history assessment
  • an educational assessment/observation
  • other appropriate assessments as defined by New York State Education Department Guidelines

Who is Eligible: A preschool student having a significant delay in one or more functional areas related to:

  • Cognitive skills
  • Communication skills
  • Social-emotional skills
  • Motor skills that adversely affects their ability to learn

Available Services:

  • Related services (Speech, Occupational or Physical Therapy)
  • SEIT (Special Education Itinerant Teacher) emphasis is placed on a child’s growth and development within the child’s regular environment.
  • Related Services in combination with Special Class in an integrated setting (SEIT)
  • Special Class comprised of students with disabilities based on similarity of needs

Information for Parents of Preschool Students with Disabilities Ages 3-5

NYSED Preschool Publication


Early intervention services are available for students birth through 3 years of age through your county's Early Intervention Service Provider.  Feel free to contact them if you have questions regarding this process and/ or the availability of services contact Wyoming County at (585) 786-8850.