Special Education Preschool is provided for children between the ages of 3 years to 5 years old who are eligible for special education and related services.  Students are served through a continuum of program options in the Least Restrictive Environment appropriate for the child. Instructional activities, specialized instruction and early childhood intervention services are provided for each child in accordance with a team developed, specialized Individualized Education Program (IEP). Related services may include speech and language therapy, occupational therapy, physical therapy, and curb-to-curb transportation. Itinerant services in an early childhood education setting are provided when appropriate. 


    Eligibility for the Special Education Preschool Program requires that children: 

    • Are 3 to 5 years of age and are not eligible for kindergarten 

    • Demonstrate a disability or exhibit significant delays 

    • Documented deficits exist in one or more of the following areas :  

    • Communication skills 

    • Motor functioning 

    • Social-emotional/behavioral functioning 

    • Cognitive abilities 

    • Adaptive behavior 

    •  Hearing or Vision as determined by a multidisciplinary team through multi-factored evaluation. 

    • The goals and activities of the Special Education Preschool Program represent the cooperative efforts of early childhood intervention specialists, related service providers and parents working together. Each child’s participation in a program that provides readiness, socialization, language and literacy skills as well as meeting individual needs, prepares him or her for success in school. 

    • A variety of therapies can be provided in general education preschool classrooms, self-contained preschool classrooms, at community sites or in the child’s neighborhood school. 

    A parent may refer their child if they have concerns in any of the areas mentioned above with the link below.

    Parent referrals: https://app.smartsheet.com/b/form/578605e30bfe4365a413feb065b0a909

    Any other questions, concerns or referrals, please contact us: 



    East Professional Center, 1st Floor 

    1349 East 79th Street, Cleveland, Ohio 44109 


    Marianne (Mary) Wolf, Director, Preschool Special Education 



    Janna Head, Program Manager, Preschool Special Education 



    Lindsey LaFollette, Coordinator, Special Education Outreach - transitions from Bright Beginnings 



    Nicole Bodero Baker, Administrative Assistant - Intake Coordinator for Preschool Assessments 

    Victoria Thomas-Administrative Assistant - Preschool Special Education Enrollment 



    Parent Resources: https://www.clevelandmetroschools.org/Page/20851