Preschool Program (Ages 3-5)


Beginning Resources Individualized by Developmental assessment, Growth, & Education

Welcome to the BRIDGE Preschool Program!

This program is dedicated to the early identification and services of children, ages 3-5, with developmental delays and other exceptionalities. The program is designed with the developmental stages of the young child in mind. The curriculum offers pre-academic, play-based activities through which a child's Individual Education Program can be addressed. The BRIDGE program services are provided in a variety of locations throughout Dawson County, including a child's preschool or daycare provider or in a BRIDGE classroom. 

If a child is found eligible for services, one or more of the following supports may be offered: social/emotional, adaptive, motor, communication, and/or cognitive support, occupational therapy, speech and language therapy, physical therapy, and hearing/vision services. Services offered will be based on student needs. 

If you suspect a child under your care may be experiencing a delay, please notify the BRIDGE Program by contacting:
Lauren Stephenson
Pre-School Facilitator
phone: 706-216-5812 ext. 1912

Process for Qualifying for Special Education Services - Preschool Ages 3-5 years

1. Obtain a referral packet. Click HERE to download the referral packet, or contact Lauren Stephenson to pick one up. 

2. Complete the packet and return all pieces (including required registration documents) to the Preschool Department, located at Riverview Elementary School. You may also scan and email the packet to Lauren Stephenson.

3. The Preschool Department will contact you to set up a screening in all 5 areas of development: communication, motor, adaptive, emotional/social, and cognitive. Screenings can be completed at RVES or the daycare your child attends. 

4. IF the screening reveals a potential delay, you will be notified and asked to sign consent for a more comprehensive evaluation. 

5. A report will be produced detailing the evaluation and the results. This report will be discussed at an eligibility meeting, and team members will include you (the parent), the evaluators, therapists, and teachers. 

6. IF your child qualifies, you will be asked to sign consent for placement in special education. Once that is signed, an IEP (Individualized Education Program) will be developed by the team. This document will include present levels of performance, goals, objectives, services, supports, and any other special factors that may apply. 

Please contact Lauren Stephenson with any questions. 

"Parents of Preschoolers" Group


Please join us for the 'Parents of Preschoolers' meeting, an informational and social gathering for parents of children in our BRIDGE program and professionals in the field of exceptional children.

Where: Riverview Elementary School
When:  8:15 am - 9am (next meeting: August 2019  - date TBD)
Discussion topics will include parent rights, sensory strategies, communication strategies, IEP process, community resources, and more!

For more information, click HERE

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