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READY Program

What is the READY Program?

The READY Program is designed to identify and serve three-year and four-year-old preschool children who have a disability that impedes their development. Children may be born with or acquire disabilities which can affect their overall development. Early intervention CAN make a significant difference in the quality of life for children with disabilities. With these children in mind, Rockdale County Public Schools (RCPS) offers a program designed to meet the needs of preschoolers with disabilities, the READY Program.


What is Considered a Disability?

A disability can be defined as impairment in one or more of the following areas:                      
  • Learning
  • Cognition
  • Speech and Language
  • Behavior
  • Motor Skills
  • Vision
  • Self Help Skills
  • Hearing

How Can the READY Program Help my Child?

The READY Program may offer the following services to your child:

  • Educational screening/assessment
  • Development of an Individual Education Program (I.E.P.)
  • Speech/language therapy
  • Parent Support
  • Special Education services in a general or special education classroom
  • Related services of occupational and physical therapy.


What are the Options for Receiving Services Through the READY Program?

Once your child has been determined eligible for services, the following options may be offered:
  • Facility based
  • Home based
  • Community based (at your child's preschool, daycare, or Head Start).


How do I Know if my Child is a Candidate for the READY Program?

If you feel your child is exhibiting a delay in one or more areas, please contact  READY Program Liaison Patty Kirchoff at 770-483-0076 to refer your child for screening. Parents who make a referral are asked to register at RCPS Student Registration (West Avenue) and complete a READY referral packet. Once completed, your child will receive a Preschool Intervention (PI) team consisting of two READY staff to begin the PI process. They will visit with your child and his or her teacher at their daycare or preschool, and provide strategies to assist the teacher in working with your child. Your child's teacher will document the outcome of the interventions. If your child does not currently attend a learning center, you may bring him or her to the READY center to start PI. If your child is not making progress with the strategies and interventions, the PI team will get your permission to conduct an evaluation to determine if additional services are needed for your child. Services for eligible children may include classroom time at the READY center or services provided at your child's learning center by READY staff.


For More Information

Contact READY Program Liaison Patty Kirchoff at pkirchoff@rockdale.k12.ga.us or 770-483-0076 or Lead Teacher for Compliance Jamie Wilson at jwilson@rockdale.k12.ga.us or 770-483-4410 ext. 14215.