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HARVARD – Massachusetts Special Education regulations require that the Harvard public schools provide preschool screening for three- and four-year olds upon request. This early childhood screening is a method for evaluating a child’s development in areas such as speech and language, fine and gross motor, vision and hearing. Parents may request such a screening if they have concerns about their child’s development. The screening is intended to provide for the early identification of a child with special needs that may interfere with learning.

The Harvard public schools conducts preschool screenings on an ongoing basis throughout the school year. Screenings are conducted by certified school staff who will review the results with the child’s parents. Children who demonstrate significant difficulties may be recommended for a more in-depth special education evaluation which may only occur upon receipt of written parent permission.

Formore information may contact Joan Lyons, preschool coordinator at 978-456-4145 or lyons@psharvard.org.