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.



     Bailey Bear

    Bailey Bear

    Conscious Discipline is an evidence based, trauma informed approach to social emotional learning. The Exceptional Children’s preschool program has used this approach for the last six years and recently added Bailey Bear to classrooms to help teachers support social emotional development for preschoolers. Baily promotes self-regulation and connection by helping children identify feelings, choose a breathing technique to calm and engage in an I Love You ritual for connection. “I Love You rituals are playful one on one interactions that build loving bonds while increasing attention span, decreasing power struggles and promoting language and literacy”  Bailey is a welcome addition to our preschool classes.


Diana Selzer

Exceptional Children's Preschool Coordinator