Preschool special education services costing more than expected

NORWICH Ė Chenango Countyís share of preschool special education programming is costing taxpayers more than anticipated this year, and program coordinators say itís difficult to project how much more it will take to run the program through the end of 2016.

The countyís preschool special education program provides services for children ages three to five who have a developmental delay or disability. While the childís school district is responsible for developing an Individualized Education Program (IEP), state law requires that the county Department of Health and the state pick up the tab for services such as: speech, occupational and physical therapy; special education itinerant teacher services; and special class and integrated settings services.

But itís nearly impossible to predict how much those services will cost annually, and that puts a strain on program administrators, explained county Administrative Services Officer Eric Depperman.

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