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Preschool: Age 3-5

Preschool-age children with disabilities are eligible to receive a free and appropriate public education in the least restrictive environment. Make a referral for an evaluation for preschool services if:

  • Your child has received Early Intervention services
  • You think your child will need additional services when he or she turns 3

Any child who is found eligible for special preschool services must have an Individualized Education Program (IEP) or Individualized Family Services Plan (IFSP) set up by their third birthday.

Make sure the referral for an evaluation for preschool services is made at least 45 school days before your child's third birthday.

Contact the school district in your city or town to learn more about Early Learning Services for children age 3-5. Ask to speak with the Administrator of Special Education at your school district. You may also contact the Massachusetts Department of Education at 781-338-3300.

This information is provided in part by the Division of Perinatal, Early Childhood, and Special Health Needs within the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and mass.gov.

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