CHILDREN WITH SPECIAL NEEDS
Mt. Zion’s staff believes in the value and effectiveness of early intervention, and will work to the best of our ability with parents and children’s professional support services toward the goal of inclusion of children with special needs in the regular preschool classroom setting. We maintain a close relationship with the community based early intervention specialists from Cobb County Dept. of Education. Children with mild handicaps are regularly included in our classes. Children with moderate to severe handicaps may be included in our program, if it is appropriate for both the child with special needs and for the cohesiveness and productivity of the entire class. This placement will be reviewed on a regular basis throughout the school year. Any additional expenses incurred with placement, such as a facilitator, will be the financial responsibility of the child’s parents / legal guardians. If you would like for us to accompany you to your child’s IEP meetings, we will be more than happy to attend.
If we have concerns about the progress of a child already in our program, we will put the family in touch with the proper professionals to see if further evaluation might be needed. The preschool staff will work with the family and with the child’s specialist to determine the best course of action to meet the child’s individual needs, making adjustments as needed to the curriculum and daily lesson plans.
We believe that all children learn best in an accepting and nurturing environment. In an inclusive community, children learn about compassion, understanding, and our mutual humanity.
Mt. Zion Preschool is also proud to partner with Adaptive Learning Center (ALC), a non-profit organization that facilitates inclusion of children with special needs in the regular classroom. This year, we will have an ALC Inclusion Specialist on our staff. We are very excited about this partnership and what it means for all of the students we serve.