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Special Education Early Childhood Services

Preschool special education services are available to eligible students who are at least three (3) years old until they are of an age where they are eligible for enrollment in kindergarten[i].  Developmental preschool services are provided at Kitley Elementary School. Initial education evaluations and First Step referrals are processed by the Early Childhood Assessment Team (ECAT) at Southside Special Services of Marion County

Developmental Preschool

The Developmental Preschool is a program for students who require assistance in learning routines and other developmentally appropriate skills.  The developmental preschool program includes Peer Models who are students who are 3 and 4 years of age but do not have a disability. If you have a child you would like to have us consider as a Peer Model, please see the application for Peer Models that has been included on this website. 

Students enrolled in the developmental preschool program attend five (5) days per week for two (2) hours and 40 minutes each day with 3-year old students attending school in the morning and 4-year old students attending school in the afternoon[i]

Community Preschool

Students who acquire developmentally appropriate skills yet need more interaction with nondisabled peers may be placed in a Community Preschool Placement by his/her case conference committee. As with the students who attend the Developmental Preschool Program, transportation is provided by the FTCSC to any Community Preschool Placement determined by a student’s case conference committee.

Preschool Speech Only Services

There are also speech and language therapy services available for preschool-aged students whose sole disability area is either speech and/or language impairment.  These services are provided on an outreach basis with the number of minutes per week determined by the student’s case conference committee. Currently, outreach services are provided at South Creek Elementary.


[i] In the event there is inclement weather necessitating a 2-hour delay there is no “a.m.” program and the 3 year olds and 4 year olds alternate ‘days missed’ so that it is not always the 3-year olds who have no school.


[i] Students that turn 5 years old on or before August 1 of the current school year.