Exceptional Children's Programs Preschool
The UCPS Exceptional Children’s Preschool Program reflects the vision and mission of the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction’s Exceptional Children’s Program and Office of Early Learning.
Vision: "Each child is honored, respected, and empowered to achieve success in school and life."
Mission: “The mission of the Exceptional Children Division is to ensure that students with disabilities develop intellectually, physically, emotionally, and vocationally through the provision of an appropriate individualized education program in the least restrictive environment.”
The UCPS Exceptional Children’s Program serves children age 3-5 years old who have been evaluated, found eligible for special education and require specially designed instruction to meet the unique needs of a child with a disability.
Families and Schools Together
Creating a school family is an important part of the preschool experience in UCPS, and it starts with building connections so that children are ready to learn. Families and Schools Together is a monthly event for preschool families and the September gathering introduced Conscious Discipline and social emotional supports. Over 60 adults and more than 75 children participated and got a peek at the strategies teachers use to create a high quality early learning environment for children. Thanks to the recently awarded NoVo Foundation Social Emotional Learning Innovations grant, childcare, Spanish translation services as well as dinner and a children’s book were provided. Families learned about the tools teachers use in classrooms to support social emotional development as they learned the language of Conscious Discipline.