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Preschool Information

Preschool Special Education is a program designed to serve children ages 3 - 5 who exhibit Significant Developmental Delay (SDD) in at least one of five developmental areas.  The five areas are: communication, cognition, social/emotional development, physical delays, and adaptive development.  Placement options may include:  preschool facility-based intervention programs,  Head Start, prekindergarten programs, private early care and home and community programs.  Eligibility for these programs is determined through a formal evaluation which includes parent interview, observation, and standardized evaluation instruments.

Stephens County's Preschool Readiness Education Program (PREP) services include:

  • Preschool Special Education
  • Speech and Language
  • Physical Therapy
  • Occupational Therapy

Who is eligible?

Children ages 3-5 with any of the following:

  • Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • Deaf/Hard of Hearing
  • Emotional and Behavioral Disorders
  • Hearing Impairment
  • Mild Intellectual Disabilities
  • Moderate Intellectual disabilities
  • Orthopedic Impairment
  • Severe/Profound Intellectual disabilities
  • Significant Defvelopmental Delay
  • Specific Learning Disabilities
  • Speech/Language Impairment
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Visual Impairment

Special Education Services are:

  • Center-Based (at Big A Elementary)
  • Home-Based
  • Community-Based

How to tell if your child has a disability.

There are no charges for these services.  PREP is funded by federal and state preschool special education grants, as well as receiving funds from the Stephens County School System.

For more information, please contact the Stephens County Student Support/ Special Education Department at 191 Big A School Road, Toccoa, GA. 30577; telephone number: (706) 827-2813