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Surviving Turning Five: The Calendar Year Rule

By Regina Skyer   Apr 4, 2012

In NYC a special needs child stops receiving CPSE services and must enter the school age unit of the CSE in September of the year in which the child turns five.  I refer to this “The Calendar Year Rule.”

The calendar year rule means that for all children born anytime during 2007 (January 1, 2007 – December 31, 2007) their pre-school services terminate in August and they are expected to enter kindergarten in September 2012. The program and services that they will receive as a kindergarten student are very different from what they received through the CPSE. This claendar year rule is not logical and does not take into consideration the maturity or unique needs of each child.     

For example, if Sophie was born on January 1,  at 12:01 a.m  and is receiving SEIT and related services these finish in August 2012 and she enters kindergarten three weeks later. Around the corner lives Jack, who was born almost a year later, on December 31,2007 at 11:59p.m. Jack also receives services through the CPSE, he has a dual program consisting of a center based pre-school as well as home services. Although Sophie is clearly ready to enter kindergarten Jack is not, at each of their turning five CSE reviews the teams will recommended the exact same program ( an ICT class and related services in school)

What to do?


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