The Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District provides early education to preschoolers with exceptional needs in the least restrictive environment. We serve preschool children aged 3-5 years who have been identified as a student with a disability and who have qualified for an Individualized Education Program (IEP). Our goals are to:
- Observe and monitor children’s behavior and development
- Provide developmentally and age-appropriate activities.
- Interact and consult with family members, teachers and other service providers
- Provide opportunities for play, building self-esteem and development of pre-academic skills
The LVJUSD preschool assessment team assesses children per parent, physician, preschool teacher, or other referral. The assessment team is comprised of qualified District personnel including a school psychologist, speech and language therapist, special education teacher, and other professionals, as appropriate. The team assesses in all areas of suspected disability, and along with parent and other professional input, eligibility for special education services is determined. A child may be found eligible for special education in the following areas:
- Deaf/ Blindness
- Emotional Disturbance
- Established Medical Disability
- Hard of Hearing
- Intellectual Disability
- Orthopedic Impairment
- Other Helath Impairment
- Traumatic Brain Injury
- Multiple Disability
- Specific Learning Disability
- Language and Speech Impairment
- Visual Impairment
If a child qualifies for special education, the team will develop goals, and offer a program based on the child’s individualized needs.
Preschool Programs/ Services
Speech and Language Services
For students whose individual needs do not require a special day class program, we provide speech and language therapy services at a variety of service provider locations. These services are recommended by the IEP team, and are individualized, based on student need.
Your child may require related services, such as occupational therapy (OT) or adapted physical education (APE) depending on the goals and objectives. These services are based on your child’s individual needs, and are provided either individually or in a small group setting at a District elementary school.
Special Day Classes
Mild / Moderate Special Day Class (SDC)
The Preschool Mild/Moderate SDC classes are designed to target your child’s individual needs and goals. The curriculum is built around the California Preschool Learning Foundations and targets the following areas of development:
- Social Emotional Development
- Language and Literacy
- English Language Development
- Physical Development
- Learner Behaviors
Many students in these classes qualify for services under the condition of Language and Speech Impairment.
Moderate / Severe Special Day Class
The Preschool Moderate/Severe SDC classes are also designed to target your child’s individual needs and goals. The focus of the class is functional communication, academics and basic life skills.
Most students in these classes qualify for services under a variety of eligibility categories.
Language and Social Skills (LASS) Special Day Class
LASS is a program designed for preschoolers with intensive needs that utilizes the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) to increase your child’s repertoire of early learner skills and to reduce inappropriate behaviors that impact your child’s ability to make progress on his or her IEP goals. The goal of LASS is to increase your child’s success in the classroom environment by developing language and social skills.
Students work on a curriculum of early learner skills including attending, imitation, receptive language, expressive language, social skills, self-help skills, and preacademic skills.
Preschool Special Day Classes
Croce Elementary Elementary
5650 Scenic Drive
Danna Thompson, Preschool Psychologist
Denise LaBarbera, Preschool Program Specialist
Marni Angelo, Croce Principal