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A special-needs challenge in pre-K expansion

06.24.2014 | Capital New York | As the de Blasio administration rolls out its ambitious expansion of pre-kindergarten, it will be hard-pressed to accommodate children with special needs, special education advocates say...Groups like Advocates For Children, Parent to Parent and the Interagency Council say they’ve been in communication with the DOE over the last several months to outline their most pressing special needs demands; AFC has a meeting with DOE officials later this week....“Children have such a brief window to get prepared for kindergarten,” said [Randi] Levine [director of AFC’s Early Childhood Education Project]. “Especially for kids with delays, these are the children who are starting out the most behind and who have potentially the most to gain from the extra year of pre-K, but only if they have the services they need.” Read article