Preschool Special Education

  • The Chatham County School System’s Exceptional Children’s program provides preschool services to 3, 4, and non-kindergarten eligible 5-year-old children who demonstrate significant delays in their development and have been evaluated and determined eligible for special education services under NC eligibility guidelines.

    Parents, physicians, child care providers, social workers, etc. who have any concerns regarding a preschooler’s development are encouraged to notify the Preschool Exceptional Children’s Department so that a developmental screening can be scheduled. 

    Preschool Screening

    Screening clinics are held bi-monthly at the Main EC Preschool Office on the campus of George Moses Horton Middle School, located at 79 Horton Road, Pittsboro.  A Developmental Screening may include the following:

    • Vision and/or hearing screening
    • Social developmental history
    • Concepts
    • Speech/language
    • Motor skills

    For more information about this process, contact:

    Merilee Chesney, EC Preschool Program Facilitator, (919) 663-3610 ext. 3,

    Click here to complete the Referral Form.

    Click here for other preschool contact information.

    Preschool Special Education Services

    Preschool special education services are based on an Individualized Education Program (IEP) that is written for each child determined eligible for special education services due to significant delays in developmental skills. Goals and objectives are written according to an educational model. Any related services that the child receives are designed to support the educational needs.

    Preschool Physician Referrals