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Special Needs

At RPNS, we celebrate every child and his or her unique abilities. Young children develop differently and their cognitive, social, emotional and physical growth happens at different paces. For example, one child may walk earlier than another, while another may talk first. However, there may be times when it is beneficial for a child to receive special services in a specific area. We know from experience, that the earlier a child’s needs are attended too, the more successful the results. At RPNS, the teachers and Co-Directors are available to support families throughout this process.

The first step is a referral to your school district’s Committee on Preschool Special Education (CPSE), which assists families in obtaining a comprehensive, individual evaluation at no cost. Specialists in physical development and coordination, language and speaking skills, and play skills are available free of charge to children under the age of five who qualify. At RPNS we are fortunate to have the services of a Speech Therapist, Occupational Therapist, and Child Psychologist available for our students.


Once services are approved, special education itinerant personnel may work with your child in their classroom. This process happens seamlessly in the classroom and a child is never identified as a recipient of these services. Please contact the Co-Directors with any specific questions, concerns or needs. Remember, you are your child’s first advocate and we know that early intervention works! 

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