Services before kindergarten

If your child qualifies, they can get support from the school system even before they start school.

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  • Therapy to help with things like speech, emotions and behaviors

  • Specialized instruction in their pre-school

  • Playgroups to help get used to group activities

  • Priority access to pre-schools



What kinds of services can they get?

  • Individual or group sessions with learning specialists

  • Therapies like speech, OT (occupational therapy), or PT (physical therapy)

  • A plan to help with behavior issues

  • Counseling for coping with social or emotional issues

  • Help with special devices or equipment a child may need

If your child qualifies, you and the school team will develop a specific plan that describes the services your child needs. Remember, these are just some examples!

Go to the next page to learn how to contact the school district and start the process.


Sources: Federation for Children with Special Needs, LA DOE, Casey Family Programs