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Evaluation of Three- and Four-Year-Old Children Suspected of Having Disabilities

The individual evaluation is the first step a Committee on Preschool Special Education (CPSE) must take to determine if a preschool child meets the eligibility requirements for special education programs and services and to develop a student's individualized education program (IEP). This memorandum provides information regarding evaluations of three- and-four-year old children suspected of having disabilities, including requirements for parental consent, timelines for conducting evaluations, evaluation components and reimbursement procedures.

The memorandum also outlines procedures and directions for completion of the required form for a municipality to claim reimbursement for the cost of these evaluations pursuant to section 4410 of Education Law. This information refers to the policies and procedures for electronic processing of requests for reimbursement through the STAC Unit. Examples are presented when additional written justification must be provided by the CPSE in order for reimbursement of specific evaluation components to be approved by the State Education Department (SED). Only those evaluations where additional written explanation is required from the CPSE may be filed by paper.

Please note that this information applies only to evaluations arranged by the CPSE and does not pertain to evaluation of school-age students with disabilities or to any evaluation reports submitted to the CPSE from the Early Intervention program, parents or other sources.