Lakota’s preschool program exists due to special education laws and regulations. Special education is guided by the federal law known as the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) 20 U.S.C. § 1400. This law was established to ensure all children with disabilities have access to receive a Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) in their Least-Restrictive Environment (LRE). Within that law, districts are required to provide a continuum of services that includes a variety of classroom types, including:
- Preschool general education classrooms;
- Integrated preschool classrooms; and
- Specialized special education classrooms.
For children who are eligible, districts are required to provide a continuum of services within the definition of least restrictive environment. Within that continuum is included (but not limited to) services within the home, at the service provider location, in special education classrooms, in integrated preschool classrooms, in co-taught classrooms, in regular education classrooms or in special schools. These models are lumped into classroom or Itinerant services.
Itinerant services means special education services which occur in the setting where the child, the child and parent, or the child and caregiver are located (i.e.-home, community preschool, community daycare/childcare, etc.). The type of LRE provided to each student is individual to that student and is determined through the special education evaluation process and subsequent Individual Education Plan(IEP) Team determinations.
Students who qualify for special education services present with significant deficits in one or more of the following areas: communication, motor, social-emotional/behavioral functioning, cognitive/adaptive behavior, hearing or vision, as determined by a multidisciplinary team through a multi-factored evaluation. To be eligible for school services, the deficit(s) must be adversely affecting the child’s school performance or development.
- Why does Lakota have a preschool program?
- Why does Lakota Preschool partner with the BCESC?
- What is the goal of an integrated special education program?
- Who provides guidance and regulations for preschool special education programs?
- Is Lakota's preschool program considered universal preschool programming?
- Why doesn't Lakota currently provide public preschool, or universal preschool, to all preschool-aged children residing in the Lakota district?
- What is the current definition of a general education preschool class?
- What is the definition of an integrated preschool class?
- What is the definition of a specialized special education classroom?
- Which school will my child attend?
- How many preschool classrooms does Lakota preschool have?
- Is Lakota's preschool program a full-day program? What are the school hours?
- Is a daily snack provided?
- Are school supplies required for preschoolers?