Preschool Special Education

What is Preschool Special Education?       


The New York State Education Department (NYSED), Office of Special Education oversees a statewide preschool special education program with school districts, municipalities, approved providers and parents.


Evaluations and specially planned individual or group instructional services or programs are provided to eligible children who have a disability that affects their learning.


Funding for these special education programs and services is provided by municipalities and the State.


DDI is a New York State Education approved provider with three locations in Suffolk County; Huntington, Ronkonkoma, and Medford. 


DDI currently has two special education preschool programs: The Starting Early Program and The Young Autism Program.



How Will I Know if My Child Needs Special Education? 


If your child received early intervention services as an infant or toddler up to age three, and may still need special education, your service coordinator will assist you with transition planning and making a referral to the Committee on Preschool Special Education (CPSE).

If your preschool-age child (3-5 years old) did not receive early intervention services, but has some delays or lags in development such as difficulty in talking, moving around, thinking, or learning or is facing physical or behavioral challenges — you, or professionals who know your child, may make a referral to the chairperson of your school district's Committee on Preschool Special Education (CPSE) who will assist you in completing the referral process.


If you require more information about the referral process and/or believe your child requires an evaluation, please call:


      Huntington: Loyda Mastrelli, Evaluation Coordinator, (631) 266-4413 Email Loyda


      Ronkonkoma & Medford: Jeanne Rubbo, Evaluation Coordinator, (631) 580-4024 Email Jeanne


Services for all eligible children are provided at no cost to families.


Funding for these programs is through NYSEDNassau and Suffolk DOH.