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Developmental Preschool


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Local school districts offer free preschool to some children with special needs. Certified special education teachers, speech therapists, and other staff will help your child learn skills that will help them enter kindergarten ready to succeed.

If you aren't sure whether your child will qualify for a developmental preschool program, your local school district can provide a screening at no cost to you. Contact your neighborhood school to learn about the services in your area.