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Welcome to Prekindergarten... the Right Beginning

... the official website of the Prekindergarten Program for Children with Disabilities in Miami-Dade Public Schools, Miami, FL. We serve children, ages 3 to 5 years old, with disabilities in 204 classrooms in 104 schools around the district. Our contact information can be found at the bottom of each page of this site.

Taking to the Skies


Dr. Rossana Chiarella, Pre-K Inclusion Teacher at Palm Springs North Elementary, recently had the opportunity to soar into the sky and document the experience so she Chiarella Flightcould take her love of space and science back into the classroom.

Dr. Chiarella was selected to become a teacher liaison with the Space Foundation and learned about the Civil Air Patrol's Teaching Orientation Flights.

Dr Chiarella ClassroomThe Teaching Orientation Flights culminate in a one hour flight experience. During the flight, Dr. Chiarella recorded videos of story read-alouds and took photographs of the view that she could bring back to her classroom to share with her students.

An article chronicling Dr. Chiarella's experience with the Civil Air Patrol can be found at the WLRN website.

The Teaching Orientation Flights are offered at no cost to educators through the Civil Air Patrol.



Don't forget that all e-mails to teachers from the Pre-K SPED office and pertinent Weekly Briefings are posted under the For Teachers menu.

  • Complete the PreK Guide for considering AT. This is a one page yes/no checklist found at Appendix J3. This must be completed for all students transitioning to Kindergarten, except those who already have a current ATIP. Email all forms that have 4 or more "no" answers to Deanna Decario and Dearta Smith

  • Friday, November 14 is the end of the first grading period

  • Review IEP annual goals and complete SPED EMS Progress Report (Marking Period 1) print, attach to progress report (Appendix R2) and send home on Monday, November 17

  • Set up Parent Conferences to review Progress Reports

  • Complete all RTs for transitioning students, as needed

Recent Updates

New Progress Reports for the 2014-2015 school year have been posted in the Teacher Handbook under Appendix R

Teachers from across the district took part in the 7th Annual Information & Classroom Prep Day. Photos from the event are in the Photo Gallery.

Dolores Mendoza reminded us to "“Keep your eyes on the future, your mind in the present, and stay in touch with past” in her Goodbye Message



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