Early Intervention & Preschool Special Education Services
The Chatham Central School District is committed to growth for all students and, to that end, we collaborate with the Columbia County Early Intervention Program to reach out to families even before students are of school age.
The Early Intervention and Preschool Services Program of Columbia County seeks to identify children ages birth to three years of age who are at risk of developmental delays. The program provides developmental screening and therapeutic and support services for children with special needs up to three years of age. Families and primary care providers are encouraged to make referrals to this program if they have concerns about the development of children in their care. Evaluations and services are available to eligible children at no expense to families. The Early Intervention and Preschool Services Program can be reached at 828-4278.
The Committee on Preschool Special Education is a cooperative venture between the Chatham Central School District and the Columbia County Department of Health to serve students with special needs from three years of age to school-age. If parents notice that their preschool child does not develop skills such as walking, talking or playing like other young children, they should discuss their concerns with their family doctor. The doctor may reassure parents that children develop at different rates and that the child is within the range of typical development. However, if the doctor is concerned or the parents believe a disability to be present, a referral may be made to the Committee on Preschool Special Education. Parents may contact Mr. Brian Simon at 392-2417 to ask questions about the Committee on Preschool Special Education or to initiate a referral.
Additional information on Early Intervention services is available from:
Early Childhood Direction Centers - http://www.p12.nysed.gov/specialed/techassist/home.html.
Additional information on Preschool Special Education is available from:
The Office of Vocational and Educational Services for Individuals with Disabilities - http://www.p12.nysed.gov/specialed/publications/preschool/brochure.htm