Welcome to Special Start, the preschool special education programs and services of the Cambridge Public Schools, Office of Student Services.
Our offices are located at;
The Longfellow Building
Cambridge, MA 02139
Shelagh Kelly Walker, 617.349.6502
Preschool Psychologists and IEP Chairs
Jennifer Turner, 617.349.6628
Beverly Haidar, 617.349.6997
Christiana Moore, 617.349.6792
Special Educator to Early Intervention and Preschool Screenings
Jeannie Parkus, 617.349.3252
Special Start Social Worker
Raquel Cerqueira, 617.349.6775
Amy MacLeod, Lead Teacher
Margie Carlman, Lead Related Service Therapist
Preschool Related Service Providers (SLP, OT, PT, Inclusion Specialist and BCBA) can also be reached at the main office number, 617.349.6883.
Special Start provides services for preschool aged children requiring special education, which include: screening, evaluation, development of Individualized Education Programs, walk-in-therapy, direct instruction in inclusionary, integrated and substantially separate classrooms and other services as deemed necessary through the team evaluation process. Typical learners are enrolled in our integrated classrooms through the annual Application Process.