Cambridge Public Schools Special Start Integrated Preschool classrooms were developed to provide learning experiences for children ages three to five whose special education needs cannot be served at home, preschool programs or daycare centers. Children are educated with typically developing peers who do not have special needs and who serve as role models for learning. Placement in our integrated classrooms is through either the team evaluation process, leading to the development of an Individualized Education Program (IEP) or the annual Application Process for typical learners.
Our classrooms provide a stimulating, innovative, and rich curriculum using Creative Curriculum while also following the Massachusetts Department of Education's Guidelines for Preschool Learning Experiences. Adaptations and modifications are made to the curriculum where necessary to ensure each child's success. Many of our classrooms have met the "Criteria for High Quality Early Childhood Programs", the standards for accreditation by the National Academy of Early Childhood Programs (NAECP,) as well as the "Guidelines for Appropriate Curriculum Content and Assessment in Programs," through the
National Association of the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).
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For more information about our classrooms, please call 617.349.3251.