Preschool Choices and Support
Free preschools for special-need children:
MCCSC has a program called Developmental Preschools. If your child has special needs, you can choose form: Clear Creek, University, Templeton, and Highland Park Elementary Schools. Tuition is free. Special education services are provided, including speech, occupational, and physical therapies. Contact Tammy Chambers at 330-7700 x 50050 for information and intake process.
Free preschools for low-income families:
MCCSC has a program called Title I Preschools. Children from low-income families can attend the preschool programs at: Fairview, Templeton, Summit, or Grandview Elementary Schools. If you cannot get into the Developmental Preschools for some reason, you can try this one. Contact Brenda at 330-7700 x 53131 for further information.
Free preschools for low-income families, plus free medical care:
Head Start is a Federal program for preschool children from low-income families. It is mandatory for this program to include at least 10% of special need children in their enrollment. It is free to eligible families. They also provide free breakfast, lunch, and medical and dental care. You can find more information on their website.
Self-pay preschool program within MCCSC:
MCCSC has a program called Ready Set Grow preschools. It consists of preschool programs within the following schools: Binford, Child, Clear Creek, Lakeview, Templeton, and University Elementary Schools. Fees are about $25 a day. For more information, call School Age Care within MCCSC at 812-330-7702, or go to their website.
Private Preschools and Daycares:
- Reach High Consulting, Inc.: offers ABA therapy and life-skill training in 1:1 and small group settings throughout the day. There is also an OT on staff. They serve preschoolers and older children. They are not allowed to take Medicaid, but they will help you bill private insurances or utilize your Waiver hours if you have a waiver. If you do not have any private insurance or Waiver, they will help you apply for a small waiver called Children's Special Health Care Services Program of Indiana, which can pay for enough hours for 8 weeks (about one summer).
- Indiana University Speech and Hearing Clinic Preschool (812-855-6251): This is a preschool for children with language challenges. Each class contains only 10 children and is staffed with 1 instructor, 3 IU graduate clinicians, and 1 speech pathologist. However, the class is only two mornings a week, so you may have to combine this with another program, if you want more days covered. They do take Medicaid, but they do not file private insurance for you.
- You can do a google search and find ratings of local preschools and day cares. Not all of them provide the same degree of special-need services, not to mention that each special-need child is different. So, you may want to do a little research and interview a few. If you want to ask around about a certain preschool or daycare center, you can send an email to the local Autism Support Group.