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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.

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On August 13th, the Pre-K Department for Children with Disabilities held its 7th Annual Informational and Classroom Preparation Day at the Pre-K SPED District Office. More than 120 teachers from across the district came together to network and work together to prepare for the first days of school, taking part in small group discussions, "how to" demonstrations, make-and-take activities, and learning about adaptations for individual students.

Participants were able to select from sessions covering topics such as new teacher orientation, BELL Shared Reading and Phonological Awareness, Conscious Discipline, Using SMART Boards, Supports for Students with ASD or similar challenging behaviors, and ideas for implementing Arts for Learning.

This year also saw the introduction of several new sessions including: BDI-2 Mobile Data Solution, Exploring Space and Science, Sensory Toys and More, Social Studies and Math, Say it Forward Assistive Technology, Glyphs, and classroom strategies related to Neuroscience, Neuroplasticity, and Mirror Neurons.

More photos from the event can be found in the photo gallery.



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.

  • Administer PELI pre-test to all SPED 4 year olds prior to implementation B.E.L.L. Program

  • Begin pre-test classroom BDI-2 assessments

  • Complete classroom inventory of materials and send to mmontelongo@dadeschools.net by Friday, September 19th

  • Administer VPK Assessment Period 1 pre-test to all VPK role model students during assessment period of Sept 2-30

  • Update an IEPs and Matrix due in Septmeber

Recent Updates

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

Sheila Miguel shared several resources for developing AAC goals which can be found on the Links for AT page

Pre-K held their Retirement Open House to honor Dolores, Maria, and Joan and say Goodbye



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