Resolving Issues

First Steps

If you need help or have questions about your child's special education needs and services, what you should do depends on:

  • Your child’s age
  • The type of school your child attends

Preschool-Age Children

Who to Contact

Contact the Committee on Preschool Special Education (CPSE) in your home district:

What do they do?

The CPSE coordinates special education evaluations and services for children ages three to five.

Children Entering Kindergarten

Who to Contact

Your representative from a school or a Committee on Special Education (CSE) office:

What do they do?

They will help you as your child moves to school-age special education services.

School-Age Students in DOE Public Schools

Who to Contact

Contact staff at your child’s school like the teacher, parent coordinator, or an administrator.

What do they do?

Public schools are responsible for evaluating students who have been identified as possibly having a disability and for arranging recommended special education services.

School-Age Students Not Enrolled in School or Enrolled in Non-Public or Charter Schools

Who to Contact

Contact the Committee on Special Education (CSE) in your school district:

What do they do?

The CSE manages the evaluation process for students who are not enrolled and those in charter and non-public schools.

Next Steps

If staff at your child's school or the district CSE/CPSE are unable to address your concern, you may:

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