Preschool Program & Early Childhood Services

Program Description:
PARC Preschool is a private, not-for-profit, New York State Department of Education certified school for children ages three to five with special needs. PARC Preschool provides center-based and community-based services, including developmental and educational evaluations, to Putnam, Northern Westchester, and Dutchess counties. At our center-based site, our school's primary focus is to serve children with severe communication delays, pervasive developmental disorders, and autism spectrum disorders. Our community-based integrated classrooms are offered at three different locations: Mahopac Falls, Brewster, and Putnam Valley - both full & half day : morning & afternoon.

We utilize a multidisciplinary approach which includes parents throughout the educational and planning process. A warm, caring, and skilled professional staff has offered experience in specialized programming for 30+ years.

Our Mission:
To provide an early start for children with special needs so they can achieve their potential and be a valuable part of the mainstream of school and community life.

What services we offer through Early Intervention (Birth to Three)*
  • Home-Based Developmental Evaluations

*These services can be accessed through your local Department of Health.

What Services We Offer Through Preschool (Three to Five)**

  • Language-Based Special Education Classrooms
  • Specialized Curriculum for Children with Autism that includes Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA); Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS); Treatment and Education of Autistic and related Communication Handicapped Children (TEACCH); VBA
  • Speech, Occupational and Physical Therapies
  • School-based Counseling/Play Therapy
  • Behavior Consultation
  • Educational Evaluations
  • Information and Referral
  • Itinerant Related Services (limited)
  • Sibling and Family Support
  • Parent Education
  • Parents Support Group
  • Transition Support Services
  • Referral for Educational Advocacy Services
  • Special Education Itinerant Services
  • Special Classes in Integrated Settings
  • Evaluations
  • Social Skills Groups
**These services can be accessed through your local school district Committee on Preschool Special Education.

For More Information Contact :
Jane Curtin, PhD
PARC Preschool Director
(845) 628-2280
(845) 628-0713 (fax)