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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 (see below) in 200 classrooms in 101 schools around the district. Our contact information can be found at the bottom of each page of this site.


Thirty-nine years ago I started as a parent educator at the Debbie School working with children, birth to age five, and their families. I never imagined that this day, my retirement, would come but what a Dolores journey it has been! Over the years, I have met so many wonderful and exceptional children, families, teachers, paraprofessionals, community members, and other professionals that have truly inspired me each every day. It is meeting each of these persons that has shaped and molded me into who I am today.

The first and most important are the children, who despite all the odds against them, have grown and flourished. The look of joy on the face of young children at discovery and learning cannot be matched in any other field. The children are truly like the butterflies in the butterfly gardens we have planted – from chrysalis to caterpillar to butterfly. I have been lucky enough to see these transformations. We as teachers must never lose sight that parents have entrusted to us their most valued possessions – their children. It is the children that keep us young and on our toes. They are the ones that keep us laughing. You cannot take everything so seriously – you have to LAUGH.

The parents and families I have worked with over the years have been the foundation and bedrock for the children in our classrooms. We have cried and laughed together. It is because of parents and families demanding services for their children that special education was created. It was not because of teachers, professionals, or legislators. I think that helping parents and families learn how to work with their child is the greatest gift we can give them.



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.

  • Review each student's IEP (conference notes, initiation/duration dates, frequency of therapies, consultations, nursing, allergies, etc.)

  • Notify SLP, OT, and PT of students in your classroom with therapy on their IEP

  • Notify Deanna Decario & Dearta Smith via email of all students with Consultation in Communication on their IEP

  • Notify Kathy Velazquez & Claudia Monsalve via email of all students who have Consultation in Behavior on their IEP

  • Notify Deanna Decario & Laura Seminario via email of all students who have Consultation in Independent Functioning on their IEP

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

PreK held their Retirement Open House to honor Dolores, Maria, and Joan and say Goodbye



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