The Early Childhood special education program for the Providence School Department provides and oversees services for children ages 3 to 5 who experience developmental delays or other disabilities. The Early Childhood program has five main functions:
The services include:
In order to be eligible for any of these services, your child must be referred to the Office of Special Populations, be evaluated and must qualify for service as per RI regulations.
When determining the level of service, we must look at the strengths and needs of the child and serve the child in the least restrictive environment, or as close to the natural pre-kindergarten setting as possible.
All of Providence Public Schools pre-kindergarten classes align their curriculum with the Rhode Island Early Learning and Development Standards.
To schedule a screening appointment, parents should call (401) 278-0517 or email email@example.com. If parents have any additional questions regarding the program or the lottery, they may contact Kimberly OConnell at (401) 456-9100 Extension 11325 or email Kimberly.OConnell@ppsd.org.