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1 School Readiness & Preschool Services (State & Head Start)
Presented by Florence Costamagna, Director

2 LUSD State & Head Start Preschool Programs
Three funding streams fund the preschools: CA Department of Education Title I U.S. Office of Head Start Programs are funded with grant funding and have eligibility requirements Serve children 3-5 years old, before Kindergarten eligibility Preschools follow the district’s Modified Traditional calendar

3 Eligibility is based on family size and income 3 hour program
State Preschool Program Head Start Preschool Program Eligibility is based on family size and income 3 hour program 15 classrooms 6% of students have IEP’s Current Enrollment: 303 Eligibility is based on family size, income and family criteria 3.5 hour 26 classrooms 11% of students have IEP’s Current Enrollment: 317 NOTE: To change images on this slide, select a picture and delete it. Then click the Insert Picture icon in the placeholder to insert your own image.

4 State Preschool & Head Start Locations
Beckman (1S, 1HS) Clairmont(2S, 2HS) Creekside (2S, 2HS) Heritage (1S, 3HS) Lawrence (3S, 1HS) Live Oak (2S) Oakwood (2S, 2HS) Parklane (3S, 2HS) Wagner-Holt (1S,1HS) Washington (2S) Westwood (4S) Lincoln Tech Academy (2HS) Plaza Robles (2HS) All Classrooms are licensed by the Department of Social Services Continued funding is dependent on all areas of compliance specific to the funding source

5 Preschool Benefits Early Preparation for school success
Advantages to low income students & English Learners Quality programs and prepared teachers Instruction program designed to promote developmentally appropriate skills

6 LUSD State & Head Start Preschool Programs Services
Promote school readiness of children ages 3 t0 5 years old Early learning opportunities: home to school Health: good habits, health services, etc. Family well-being: family support services

7 Head Start & State Preschool Performance Standards/Funding Terms
Examples of performance standards and funding terms include: mandates of completion of child development assessments site and district-level parent committees teacher to Child ratios research-based curriculum manage and maintain fiscal accountability

8 Examples of licensing provisions:
Department of Social Services (Licensing) Citations from: CA Code of Regulations, Title 22, Division 6. Licensing of Community Care Facilities Examples of licensing provisions: Room and yard size (Room Yard ) Health & Safety Standards (various) Adult-Child Ratios ( ) Record-keeping (101212) Monitoring visits (101201)(a)(b)

9 Special Education Department (Preschool Services)
Presented by Jonathon Martin, SELPA Director

10 LUSD Sp. Ed Preschool at a Glance
The population of preschool-aged students with disabilities has steadily increased each year The national incidence of Autism Spectrum Disorder is 1:68 Nearly 80% of the students referred to the preschool assessment teams for a comprehensive evaluation are referred due to a suspected ASD. Preschool Programs have been added to LUSD school sites each year to accommodate the increase of preschool children with disabilities

11 Special Education Eligibility
Children can be eligible for special education services in the following disability areas: Autism Deaf-Blind Deafness Hearing Impairment Emotional Disturbance Mental Retardation Multiple Disabilities Orthopedic Impairment Other Health Impairment Specific Learning Disability Speech and Language Impairment Traumatic Brain Injury Visual Impairment.

12 Spec. Ed. Preschool Programs: LUSD
LUSD operates 24 Preschool Special Education Programs These programs are designed to serve students who have a disability and require specialized instruction. Least Restrictive Environment mandate of IDEA “Students to be educated with their typical peers to the greatest extent possible.”

13 Spec. Ed. Preschool Programs within LUSD
Students with disabilities are being served within: General Education Preschool Classrooms DIS Services (ie. speech, OT, APE) Special Day Classes for students with Mild/Moderate Disabilities Special Day Classes for students with Moderate/Severe Disabilities Special Day Classes for students with Intensive Structure needs Special Day Classes for students with Hearing Impairments

14 Spec. Ed. Preschool Programs within LUSD
8 Special Day Class Programs serving children with Mild-Moderate Disabilities Clairmont (2) Lawrence (2) Nichols (1) Wagner Holt (1) Washington (1) Woodbridge (1)

15 Spec. Ed. Preschool Programs within LUSD
3 Special Day Class Programs serving children with Moderate-Severe Disabilities Nichols (1) Wagner Holt (1) Washington (1)

16 Spec. Ed. Preschool Programs within LUSD
10 Intensive Structured Preschool Autism Programs serving approximately 110 students ages 3-5 yrs Beckman (1) Nichols (1) Lawrence (2) Live Oak (1) Parklane (2) Clairmont (1) Creekside (1) Westwood (1)

17 Spec. Ed. Preschool Programs within LUSD
1 Phonology Program serving preschool children with severe phonological processing challenges Nichols (1)

18 Spec. Ed. Preschool Programs within LUSD
1 Deaf/Hard of Hearing Preschool Program Larson (1)

19 Spec. Ed. Preschool Programs within LUSD
Speech/Language Therapy serving preschool children with Speech and Language delays All Elementary School Sites Dorothy Mahin School

20 Mainstreaming & Full Inclusion
May provide a part day general education experience for special needs students Full Inclusion Decided through the IEP process Students receive a full day experience along side general education students Currently 7 students in full inclusion State Preschool classroom at Clairmont along side 17 general educations students

21 Full Inclusion Classroom Model
Special Education Students fully included in the State Preschool instructional environment One classroom supported by 2 preschool teachers and three para-educators serving 24 students (7 Special Ed. & 17 State Preschool Students) State and Special Education Preschool teachers collaborate and co-teach (lesson planning, instructional delivery, etc.) All students participate in all activities (social, educational, etc.) Student IEP goals and objectives are addressed throughout the day by both teachers

22 Other Spec. Ed. Preschool Program Options
At times, a child’s needs will not be able to be met within our school-based programs/services. These children are being served outside of LUSD boundaries or at home due to their unique needs: Non Public Agencies (serving children with ASD) Non Public Schools (serving children with severe behavior an emotional challenges) Home Instruction (serving children who are not released to attend school due to their health)

23 Areas to Address and Next Steps
Full Inclusion Model Identify program needs Clearly articulated written plan and procedures On-going training for staff (teachers, para, admin.) Designated responsibilities (District Departments) Parent Education Include staff input in planning process Mainstreaming Identity additional opportunities for mainstreaming for non-full inclusion students Clearly articulated procedures/expectations

24 Questions?

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