Providing preschool education

Child Care services may be available to children ages two months to twelve providing preschool education. Early childhood care services include an educational component which promotes school readiness.

Head Start is available to economically disadvantaged children ages birth through 5 years. It is also available to children in foster care and those from families receiving TANF or SSI, regardless of income. Children with disabilities may also participate. To contact the CPSE, call the Committee on Special Education office and ask for the CPSE Administrator for your district.

Referrals for evaluation must be made in writing. CPSE or Children’s Services may request a referral. CPSE will make the referral itself. In either case, informed consent will be required.

Consent for services is needed by the birth parent, unless rights have been terminated, or whereabouts are unknown. This article is about schools for younger children between the ages of three and five. For the stage of childhood which ranges from 5-8 years old, see early childhood. In some European countries the term “kindergarten” refers to formal education of children classified as ISCED level 0 – with one or several years of such education being compulsory – before children start primary school at ISCED level 1. May also be used to define services for children younger than kindergarten age, especially in countries where kindergarten is compulsory. The Pre-Primary program takes place in a Nursery School.