INTEGRATED PRESCHOOL PROGRAM.....
 
The Hudson City Schools Integrated Preschool Program is an early intervention program for children with disabilities and typically developing children between the ages of 3-5 years.  Children are identified as having special needs through a multi-factored evaluation which consists of a play-based assessment performed by the school team (school psychologist, special education teacher, speech pathologist, occupational therapist and/or physical therapist).  Children with disabilities in our program have a wide range of needs including: communication, hearing, motor (fine and/or gross), vision, cognition, adaptive behavior (self-help skills), and/or social/emotional/behavioral functioning.  The program offers a 'hand-on' teaching approach to promote academic, social, communicative, behavioral and motoric growth and development.  Our curriculum in based on the Ohio Department of Education's Early Learning and Development Standards.  Our language arts/social studies/science curriculum is Reading Street by Scholastic and our math curriculum is Number Worlds by SRA.  Scholastic newsletters are used to supplement our science and social studies curriculum. 
 
We believe the purpose of early childhood education is to enable young children to realize their unique potentials.  Through a variety of instructional strategies children are taught to explore and develop in many areas including physical, cognitive, social-emotional, self-help and communication. 
 
SERVICES:
The Hudson City Schools Integrated Preschool offers both a center-based and an itinerant program.  The center-based program consists of morning and afternoon classrooms four days/week.  Each class includes up to eight students with identified disabilities and from four to six typical peers depending on the age and class needs.  Classes are taught by licensed early childhood special educators and staffed with trained classroom aides.  Speech/language therapy, occupational therapy and physical therapy services are available for students who qualify.  Other specialized services may be available based on individual student needs.  The preschool curriculum seeks to help students develop gross and fine motor skills, social/emotional skills and self-help skills as well as all the preparatory academics for kindergarten.  Each special needs student who qualifies for preschool services has an "individualized Education Plan" (IEP) based on the child's specific needs.
 
The itinerant program provides eligible students with specailized instruction in a variety of settings based on what is appr (opriate.  Students may be served in a private preschol program, our school for therapy only or their home.  A team approach is utilized to deterine and meet each child's needs.  Team members may include: parents, classroom teacher, teaching assistant/aide, speech language pathologist, occupational therapist, physical therapist, school psychologist, school nurse and an administrator.
 
REFERRALS:
Parents, if you have a preschool age child (turning 3) with a disability or if you suspect that your preschooler may have a disability, you should contact Tara Kieser, Assistant Principal at 330-653-1236  X4198. 
 
PEERS:  Peer applications are available each January and a mandatory screening takes place in February to select peers for the following school year.  Peer spots are limited and students are selected through the screening process. 
Children who demonstrate strong communication, socialization, independence, and cooperation are great peer models.  Once chosen as a peer model, these students may remain in the program until they go to kindergarten.
 
OTHER INFORMATION:
Fees: $1200/year (typical peers)
Transportation: provided for special needs students, may be provided for typicals depending on where you live based on the kindergarten guidelines (AM= north of 303, PM= south of 303)
Hours: AM session: 9:00 - 11:35    and   PM session: 1:10 - 3:45
Days:   2016-2017 school year preschool is in session Monday through Thursday.  Fridays are reserved for testing, conferences, and teacher training. 
 
PARENT MENTOR:
Having a child with special needs is an ongoing, challenging experience. Navigating the world of special education can sometimes be overwhelming.  Darlene LaFontaine is a parent of a child with special needs and serves as a parent mentor for the Hudson City School District.  She is available to help parents of children with special needs by offering assistance with information and resources as well as providing parents with individual and/or community contacts. She can assist parents with the ETR/IEP process, address questions and concerns, or be someone who "gets it" and can provide resources, support, understanding.  For more information please visit the Parent Mentor webpage under the Parent tab on the district's website.  Darlene can be reached at LaFontaD@hudson.edu or 330-653-1296.
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