Holladay Preschool encourages the enrollment of special needs children who can function in our classroom situation. Special needs children include any child who has
physical, emotional, behavioral, developmental or mental handicap. We believe it is important for special-needs children to be integrated with other children as much as possible. Holladay Preschool
sees our function in this as a dual one; providing an enriching experience that helps meet the needs of the special child and also offering a setting where other children can have the benefit of
interacting in a casual and natural way with special-needs children.
Each request for placement of a special-needs child is evaluated individually to determine whether the appropriate teacher, physical equipment, environment, and the appropriate classroom setting are available. Our teachers are well-trained preschool teachers, but they are not trained in special education. We ask parents to recognize that we are not designed specifically for special-needs children. If a child is referred by another agency, we request regular consultations during the year with the therapist or particular staff person that has worked most closely with the child.
Parents must be willing to accompany their child on field trips or on any activities where the staff feel the child would need extra time or help in the classroom. With all special-needs children, we stipulate that parents be willing to withdraw the child if the situation seems to be detrimental to the child or to the total class. Special-needs children are evaluated by the Director, the staff, the parents and any consultants for adaptation to the preschool and to evaluate the appropriateness of the placement every 30 days or as needed.
If, at any time during the school year, it is determined that Holladay Preschool placement is not in the best interest of a child after conferring with teachers, director and parents, we will assist the family in finding a solution that better meets the child's needs.