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Long Island: Hundreds of disabled preschoolers on waitlists; "demand far outpaced supply"

Apr 5, 2023, Newsday: Hundreds of preschoolers with disabilities are on a waitlist for programs to help them

Hundreds of Long Island preschoolers with disabilities are on waitlists for special education programs, a growing problem that has alarmed school officials who coordinate services for them.

On the Island, the wait to get into such programs has been as long as a year, school officials said. Demand has far outpaced supply: The enrollment for some programs for the upcoming 2023-24 school year was filled as early as December, something that Robin Newberg, coordinator of Middle Country School District’s universal prekindergarten programs, said was “unheard of.”


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