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Salem Preschool: SEED Program

Salem Early Education and Development (SEED) Program

The Process

How is the eligibility for special education determined?
A child is referred to the special education program team by a parent or child service agency (Early Intervention) when there is a concern about the child’s development.

Identification of an educational disability is based on results of specialized testing in one or more developmental areas. In some cases, children who are referred to the program have already been tested in the area(s) of concern. In other cases, testing is scheduled to be completed by the preschool special education team.

When the testing is completed, results are reviewed with the child’s family. The team will make a determination of the presence of an educational disability in accordance with state guidelines. Once the educational disability is agreed upon by parents, an individualized education plan (IEP) is developed outlining specialized instructions for areas of need. Enrollment in the SEED program may or may not be a part of this special education plan.


What is the special education referral process?
When there is concern that a child may have an educational disability, the child’s family, preschool teacher, physician, or therapist may request a Special Education Referral form from the Director of the Preschool at (603) 893-7064 or the Director of Special Services at (603) 893-7040..

The referral should be completed and returned to:

Salem School District
Director of Preschool: Allison Plante
Haigh School
24 School Street
Salem, NH 03079


Who is eligible for the 3-5 year old special education program and/or services?
Salem children, age three through kindergarten eligible, which have been identified through the referral process as having an educational disability according to the standards set by the State of New Hampshire, may be eligible for special education services.