The department's goal is to provide students with a free, appropriate, public education in the least restrictive environment. A full continuum of special education services is available including in-class support, self-contained classes, and resource programs. The full array of services includes psychological, education and social services; speech, physical and occupational therapy. Caring, creative highly qualified special educators continuously assess programs and make modifications and accommodations based on the students' individual needs. Staff members are committed to providing the tools that will enable students to become successful and independent in the classroom and out in the community. Project Child Find was established by the New Jersey Depart of Education (NJDOE) as a free public awareness and referral service to assist parents and professionals in identifying unserved / underserved youth with a delay or disability from birth to 12. It focuses primarily on identifying pre-school children ages 3 to 5 years old who demonstrate physical, mental, language or emotional difficulties. Screening is provided and, if needed, the child is enrolled in an appropriate program. For information regarding referral service for children from birth to three years old, you may call (800) 322-8174. The number is in service 24 hours a day, and all calls received are confidential.
Teaneck Public Schools offers in-class support in grades 5 - 12 for students to be educated in the least restrictive environment. That model of delivery is a team-teaching approach that use highly qualified special education teachers and general education teachers. It enables classified students to participate in regular education classes to the maximum extent possible. Self-contained and special education classes are available, grades in grades PreK through 12.