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Service hours for 3-5 year olds

Service hours for 3-5 year olds

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Hello, I am a special education teacher currently teaching in the public schools in Indiana. I teach early childhood 3-5 self contained intense intervention class. We have every eligibility. My question is the district went to full day for all children in my class. Even 3 year olds. This means they get off the bus at 8:30 and go home at 3:30 five days a week. Does anyone else have this kind of service hours for these little ones? I know when the issues are as serious as my kiddos have they need LOTS, but it causes a time constraint for planning due to the high needs of the kids and their presence for 7 hours a day. Just wondering...

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LPS's picture
Cross Categorical/self-contained - Teacher

WOW! I worked with children birth to 3 for 1 hour 5 days a week and parents for 30 minutes 5 days a week. Our Head Start program started for 3-5 year olds went from 9:00 to 12:15 and the second group from 1:00 to 4:15 (3.25 hours 5 days a week). The district changed 9:00 to 1:30 (4.5 hours). That gave us time to do home visits, and provide home support/training. Our SPED programs for 3-5 yearolds must comply with state child care licsensing regulations as well as federal laws for SPED. I would check with your district and Child care licensing. This restriction in most states this has to do with the amount of time children are cared for out of the home. Pediatric Day Health Programs are a part of this process. 3-5 year olds need a nap before 3:30 PM. I would definately check out licensing issues.

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Arthur Barry
Special Education Itinerant Teacher (SEIT) from Glen Cove,N.Y.

I am a independent contractor that works for an agency in brooklyn,new york.I work one on one with children ages 3-5 that mostly have developmental delays.I work with these children in public schools,day care centers and homes.Does anyone know if other states besides new york state use contracted SEIT providers?

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