PUSD Special Education Preschool
PUSD Special Education Preschool Facilities
Program Specialist: Emily Knaggs 925.462.3325 x4805
Behavioral Specialist: Monica Knapp & Ashley Sprader 925.462.4293
Located on the Harvest Park Middle School campus
The Preschool Center for children with special needs houses special education preschool programs and the preschool diagnostic team. The facility has three classrooms and offices for Speech Therapists, Adapted Physical Education Specialist, and School Psychologist. The preschool center is equipped with a playground with age appropriate play equipment for students.
Benefits of having the programs clustered at one site designed for preschool students include:
- By clustering the programs and itinerant services at the same site, the programs and services are maximizedallowing the educational team to create programs within the existing programs. For example, a child can receive speech services and attend a facilitated social group in one of the classrooms. A child could spend part of the day in one program and part of it in another based on their unique needs.
- The assessment team can observe students in programs allowing diagnostic placement and ongoing data collection of student progress and program effectiveness.
- Travel time for itinerant staff (speech, psychologist, APE, OT and school nurse) would be reduced allowing more time to support students in programs.
- Collaboration between teachers. This allows teachers to share ideas, materials and equipment.
The preschool center provides an excellent facility for assessing and serving preschool students and for meeting with parents. It also provides a comfortable place for parents to wait for their child while they are receiving speech, APE or other types of therapy.