Our Special Education programs are designed to meet the needs of a variety of learners, at all stages of development, with the goal of successfully integrating students back to their home districts and communities. Students enroll at C.E.S. through their home districts via a planning and placement team. Our programs can begin with students in our Preschool/Primary Learning Center, Developmental Learning Center, Transition Learning Center, or Therapeutic Day Program. RISE is a community-based transition program for students ages 18-21 and operates in partnership with Sacred Heart University.
C.E.S. now also offers services to students in Grades K-3 who are experiencing behavioral and/or learning difficulties through our new Eastern Fairfield County Diagnostic Center, which opened for the 2019-20 school year to provide assessments and recommendations within a 2-16 week timeframe. Consultation with the sending districts and families will occur during the assessment period and a timeline for return will be established cooperatively and on an individual basis.
In addition to these full-day school programs, we offer districts support by providing audiological services, assistive technology consultations and evaluations, professional development and staff support, district program assessments and reviews, and other services as needed.
I became Director of Special Education at C.E.S. in July 2019 and am delighted to join a team of dedicated and professional educators. My previous work as an educator in Bridgeport, Norwalk, and Trumbull brought me in contact with many of the programs and services that I am now proud to lead.
Michael McGrath, PhD.
Director of Special Education