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Preschool Evaluations

The Family Center Home & Community-Based Program is an approved NYC Department of Education evaluation site for children who are referred through the Committee on Preschool Special Education (CPSE) upon parental request and consent to determine eligibility for special education services.

CPSE Mandated Evaluations include:

  • Social History
  • Psychological
  • School observation

Supplemental Evaluations may also be conducted:

  • Speech/feeding
  • Educational
  • Occupational therapy
  • Physical therapy
  • Audiological
  • Other types as needed

These evaluations determine the eligibility for special education services.

Specific services mandates are determined at the IEP (Individualized Education Program) meeting conducted by the DOE.

Meet Jeanne Raichle

NoneOriginally from Seattle, Washington, Jeanne graduated from University of Washington with a degree in Early Childhood Education. She worked in the Seattle Public schools for one year. Her real education began when she and her husband joined the Peace Corps in 1967 and taught in Sierra Leone, West Africa for 2 years.

Soon after Katy was born, Jeanne knew something was wrong. Katy’s pediatrician miraculously agreed and referred Katy to the Bellevue diagnostic nursery. There, Katy was diagnosed with Autism in her second year. The next few years were taken up with finding support and programs for Katy. In her fifth year there were no schools or therapies available to deal with her self-abusive behaviors. Jeanne made the difficult decision to place Katy at the Anderson School in Staatsburg, NY where she would have the 24/7 care and support she needed. Katy now lives in an IRA under the umbrella of Anderson Center for Autism, as Anderson School is now known.

In 1979 Jeanne decided to give another passion of hers a try, and enrolled at Fashion Institute of Technology to study fashion design. She worked for a children’s wear company as a merchandiser, years, but after 7 years, the culture began to feel meaningless and in 1988 she took a class at Bank Street College. Jeanne reports that “I felt like I was home.” She graduated with a master’s in Early Childhood Education and taught at Roosevelt Island Day Nursery in the 4’s for 9 years. At that point, Jeanne felt she needed more expertise in special needs, so she returned to Bank Street and earned a Master’s in Special Education in 1999. Afterwards, she worked at Jewish Board of Family and Children’s services as a SEIT until 2002 when she came to Bank Street Family Center to do SEIT. Three years ago she was offered the position of CPSE Evaluation coordinator. She reports: “in this position, I can utilize my experience as a classroom teacher, a SEIT, and a mother of a child with special needs. It is very rewarding, indeed.”