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Welcome to Prekindergarten (PreK) ESE!

Department of Exceptional Student Education

The School District of Palm Beach County

 

Our Team

Lori Miranda, PreK ESE Program Administrator (561) 357-7543

lori.miranda@palmbeachschools.org

Amy Baron, PreK ESE Resource Teacher amy.baron@palmbeachschools.org
Angela Gomez, PreK ESE Resource Teacher

angela.gomez@palmbeachschools.org

Katie Krieger, PreK ESE Resource Teacher kathryn.krieger@palmbeachschools.org

Please feel free to contact us with any questions, concerns or comments!

 

About PreK ESE

  • Our PreK ESE programs serve children between the ages of 3 and 5 in various schools across the school district.

 

  • The purpose of PreK ESE is to provide children with early learning experiences to teach skills that focus on delays in the five developmental areas, which include:
  • Adaptive
  • Cognitive
  • Communication
  • Motor
  • Social-Emotional

 

  • The learning environment is set up into centers, such as:
  • Art Center
  • Block Center
  • Dramatic Play Center
  • Library Center
  • Sand and Water Center
  • Table Toys Center

 

  • The PreK ESE curriculum is based on age-appropriate themes. The curriculum is:
  • Developmental Learning Materials (DLM) Early Childhood Express

Classrooms may also use:

  • Conscious Discipline (for social-emotional development)
  • Other resources as appropriate

 

PreK ESE Program Models

Communication  

 Half-day program for students eligible for ESE services in Speech and/or Language Impaired.  Therapeutic intervention  is provided from an SLP only.  Students may benefit from the social aspects of the program through peer interaction.    Students’ cognitive abilities fall within the typical range.

 

VE (Half Day)  

 Half-day program for students eligible for ESE services in Speech and/or Language Impaired; DD; ASD and/or sensory  areas.  Students need less services than those provided in the full day program.  Students may have mild delays in  cognitive ability and will benefit from the intensive interventions provided.

 

VE (Full Day)  

 Full day program for students eligible for ESE services in Speech and/or Language Impaired; DD; ASD and/or sensory  areas.  Students may demonstrate significantly depressed function in receptive and expressive language.  Students need  more services than those provided in the VE (Half Day) model.  Students’ cognitive abilities are below the typical range.    Students benefit from the continuity of a full day program.

 

Functional  

 Full day program for students eligible for ESE services in Speech and/or Language Impaired; DD; ASD and/or sensory  areas.  Evaluation data indicates significant delay in all areas of development.  Students’ cognitive abilities are more  delayed than those in a VE (Full Day) class and may need more intensive services.

 

Behavior  

 Full day program for students eligible for ESE services requiring a structured behavior management system infused  throughout the day.  Students may have cognitive abilities that are in the typical range or mildly delayed.  Students will  need to understand the behavior system being implemented.

 

ASD  

 Full day program for students eligible for ESE services in the areas of ASD or DD with a profile of characteristics that  indicate a need for a structured environment with individual visual supports along with an emphasis on pragmatic  language skills.  Students may also be eligible in the areas of Language Impaired and/or sensory areas.  Students in this  unit require a high level of support from the teacher and the SLP.

 

Severe/Profound  

 Full day program for students eligible for ESE services in Speech and/or Language Impaired; DD; ASD and/or sensory  areas.  Students cognitive abilities are more delayed than those in a functional class.  Evaluation data indicates global  delays in all areas of development.  Students require specific and continuous support from classroom staff in all areas of  development.  The student may or may not have significant medical involvement.

 

DHH  

 Full day program for students who are eligible for DHH services.

 

VPK/ESE Inclusion  

 Full day ESE Inclusion class.  Students show indication of achieving success in a classroom group of 18 students.    Students may be DD, ASD, Speech and/or Language Impaired.  Students will benefit from positive role models of  typically developing peers.  Students must be age eligible (four years old) and secure a VPK certificate.

 

 

 

Parent Resources

  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Developmental Milestones

This website provides information on skills that most children have from 2 months up to 5 years.  It also describes activities that you can do at home to help encourage the acquisition of various skills.

https://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/actearly/milestones/index.html

  • Conscious Discipline: Free Resources for Parents

 

This website provides tools and strategies to handle upset and conflict with your child at home.  Creating a free account is required to access resources.

https://consciousdiscipline.com/about/parents/