Special Education


The Guild for Exceptional Children (GEC), which is located in Brooklyn, NY, is a State-approved special education preschool provider currently serving 210 students.  This program has notified the New York State Education Department (NYSED) that it will cease operation effective January 25, 2015.  As a result, NYSED is seeking Letters of Intent from State approved 4410 preschool providers, currently approved to operate special class (SC)  and  special class in an integrated setting (SCIS) programs, that are interested in a program expansion to address needs resulting from the discontinuation of the GEC program. 

GEC is located at 1273 57th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11219.  The agency operates the following:

  • Four full-day monolingual  Special Classes with a 12:1+2
  • One full-day bilingual Chinese Special Class with a 12:1+2
  • One full-day bilingual Spanish Special Class with a 12:1+2
  • Four full-day monolingual Special Classes with a 8:1+2
  • Four half-day monolingual Special Classes with a 12:1+2
  • Two half-day Bilingual Spanish Classes with a 12:1+2
  • Four full-day monolingual Special Classes in an Integrated Setting

The Letter of Intent should include the following:

  • Contact Information: Agency name and address, director’s name and telephone number.
  • Background information on the agency, including a description of the agency’s experience in providing educational programs for preschool students with disabilities.
  • A description of the proposed physical plant or space and location for the program to address the program needs delineated above.
  • A plan for program oversight, recruitment, staffing and supervision.
  • A time frame that should specify dates for planning, transition and full operation.

Please submit your Letter of Intent by mail no later than November 7, 2014 to:

Belinda A. Johnson
Regional Coordinator
New York State Education Department
P 12: Office of Special Education
Special Education Quality Assurance
55 Hanson Place, Room 545
Brooklyn NY 11217
Fax:  (718) 722-2032

Preference will be given to agencies that (1) propose to serve all of the preschool students who will be affected by GEC’s closure; (2) can be operational by the effective date of the proposed closure; (3) have the ability to secure an approved or approvable space to operate; (4) propose to operate in the same locality as the current program; (5) have experience in providing monolingual and bilingual Special Class and Special Class in an Integrated Setting educational programs for preschool students; and (6) have the current supervisory structure that would allow for expansion, or development of a supervisory plan that could be implemented without undue delay.

After reviewing the letters of intent received by the deadline, NYSED will contact qualified agencies to invite submission of a modification application seeking approval to expand and/or modify a preschool special education program. Please note that the agency’s rate will need to be determined by the State Education Department Rate Setting Unit.  If you have specific questions, please contact your agency’s Regional Associate at (718) 722-4544.

Last Updated: October 29, 2014