The Londonderry Early Education Program (LEEP) is a developmental preschool servicing youngsters age three and four with special needs. The LEEP program also has typically developing children attend on a tuition basis as role models. This also ensures the early childhood setting as mandated by IDEA. This inclusionary model is in line with the State Performance Plan (SPP) indicator 6, which targets the percentage of preschool students with Individual Education Programs who receive programming in settings with typically developing peers. The mission at LEEP is to provide high quality developmental programming to children. Many students require education and therapeutic intervention in a specifically controlled environment such as a small student/teacher ratio.
Children who are five years of age and entering kindergarten receive their special education services by the kindergarten special education team. Children with disabilities are included within the regular classroom to the fullest extent possible. Special education staff work with students on emerging math and reading foundations. Students receive direct instruction in “phonological awareness” and “number sense” to serve as a basis for future instruction. Supports and services listed for the LEEP Program would also be available at the kindergarten level.