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The first five years of a child’s development are crucial. Research shows that interventions for children with developmental delays at an early age are successful in enhancing cognitive, speech and language, motor and social skills. The Monroe 2–Orleans BOCES Preschool Program offers a variety of services to address the needs of children ages three to five.



The goals and objectives of the program emphasize development of pre-academic, motor, communication, social, and self-help skills.  Parents play an integral role in a child’s development and therefore building partnerships with the teachers and staff to promote consistency with management and stimulation of their children is encouraged.


Preschool Services

Referrals for preschool programs are made by the local school district Committee on Preschool Special Education (CPSE). Comprehensive data in support of the referral must accompany all referrals.


Special Class Integrated Setting

This program is an integrated half day classroom experience for children with disabilities within community based early childhood settings. This program offers a comprehensive range of services through the collaborative effort of special educators and regular education early childhood teachers.


Special Class

This program is a comprehensive full day program designed for children between three and five years old with significant disabilities. The program includes a variety of learning activities designed to assist children in interacting with other children and becoming ready for a less restrictive environment.


For further information, parents of children ages three to five should contact their home school district Committee on Preschool Special Education office.

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For more information, please contact:

Heather Malone
Special Education Supervisor
160 Wallace Way, Building 9
Rochester, NY 14624
Ph: (585) 617-2320