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United Way of Berks County
Description of Service
Preschool Early Intervention is a parent/caregiver training model program that provides public school special education services and supports for preschool children with special needs. If a child is found eligible for services, an Individualized Education Program is developed to provide support for the child's participation in typical preschool activities. Supports include training and consultation for the staff working with the child in their early learning program, special instruction, and related therapies. The program provides the supports to enable a child to attend an early learning program, but does not provide the early learning program unless the child's needs can only be met in a preschool special education environment.
Berks; serving the 18 Berks County School Districts
Upon referral, families are provided with questionnaires that assist the program in screening for possible developmental delays or disabilities. If concerns are identified, the family is contacted to schedule an educational evaluation to determine eligibility for services.
Students must reside in one of the 18 school districts served by the BCIU and be between 3 years old and Kindergarten age for their district.
To be eligiblee for services, a student must have one of the disabilities identified by special education law or demonstrate a 25% delay in development which results in the need for specially designed instruction.