Preschool Program for Children with Disabilities (PPCD)

What's Required

The local educational agency (LEA) must ensure that to the maximum extent appropriate, children with disabilities, including children in public or private institutions or other care facilities, are educated with children who are nondisabled (34 CFR300.114(a)(2)(i) and 20 USC 1412(a)(5)(A).

The LEA must ensure that special classes, separate schooling, or other removal of children with disabilities from the regular educational environment occurs only when the nature or severity of the disability of a child is such that education in regular classes with the use of supplementary aids and services cannot be achieved satisfactorily (34 CFR 300.114(a)(2)(ii)and 20 USC 1412(a)(5)(A)
The LEA must ensure that a continuum of alternative placements is available to meet the needs of children with disabilities for special education and related services (34 CFR 300.115(a)).
The ARD committee must specify the appropriate instructional arrangement/setting as set forth in 19 TAC 89.63(c).

What We Do

Program Description:  Spring ISD Preschool Programs for Children with Disabilities (PPCD) is a comprehensive continuum of services for children, ages 3-5, with identified delays in one or more of the five developmental areas. The five developmental areas are:

  • Motor
  • Social / Emotional
  • Self-help
  • Communication
  • Pre-academic

It is important to note that PPCD is not a place, but rather, a continuum of support.  Even though a 5-year old child may be in Kindergarten receiving services in a classroom not identified as PPCD, this child is still considered a PPCD student due to her age.

Qualifying Descriptors:

  • Students with an identified disability and/or developmental delay are eligible for services beginning on their third birthdays, regardless of when their birthday falls within the school year.
  • Students receive a screening and a formal evaluation either through the Spring ISD PPCD Assessment Center or through a multidisciplinary campus team.
  • Students are determined eligible for PPCD through an ARD committee decision.


Description of Support:

  • Access to the PPCD continuum, which includes but is not limited to walk-on speech therapy, LEAP and All-Stars programming, Blended, inclusion (co-teaching), and self-contained settings (PPCD Structured Learning, PPCD Self-Contained)
  • Additional instructional and related services determined by the student’s individual education plan