Guidelines for Selection

Guidelines for Selection of Typically Developing Peers
Friends Learning Together Preschool

Each year there are a number of slots available in our integrated special education classroom to typically developing preschool children (aged three to five) in the community. The maximum number of students per class is fifteen, eight of whom are typically developing peers. The remaining seven slots are reserved for students who qualify for special education placement. This decision is made by the Individualized Education Plan (IEP) team. Typically developing peers are chosen by the following criteria:

  • All peers must be screened and pass all four areas of the Child Outreach screening. The four areas include: Speech/Language, Development, Vision and Hearing. If a child fails vision or hearing on two consecutive sessions, a letter from an ophthalmologist and/or audiologist verifying treatment will be required. Once all of the above criteria have been met, an exit letter will be sent as proof of screening.
  • Children who have passed Child Outreach screening will be invited to an actual preschool session for a secondary screening to be done by the preschool team on Friday, May 18, 2018, at 9:00 AM, which may consist of preschool teachers and their assistants, child outreach coordinator, speech language pathologist, psychologist or school social worker.
  • Children who have not passed Child Outreach screening by April 30, 2018 will not be invited to participate in the secondary screening.
  • During the secondary screening the team will be observing how the children interact with adults and other children. The team will be documenting the children’s ability to: separate from a familiar adult, follow directions and classroom routines from an unfamiliar adult and to communicate and play with peers in an age appropriate fashion.
  • Upon completion of the secondary screening process, families will receive a letter in the mail of the outcome. 
  • Due to program planning constraints, placements will be made by May 18, 2018. Therefore, any child who has not been screened by Child Outreach due to their date of birth or other factors would be excluded from the secondary screening process.
  • Children who have been accepted into the program as three year olds are automatically eligible for the four year old program unless the family chooses otherwise. Second year students should receive Child Outreach screening, but will not need to participate in the secondary screening process nor pay a second registration fee.
  • Child Outreach Screenings are available during the school year for three, four and five year olds. Contact the Child Outreach Coordinator at 401-647-7560 for more information.
  • A secondary screening, if necessary, will be held in late summer (date to be determined).