Reverse Inclusion Preschool


Reverse Inclusion Role Models Needed

Portsmouth Public Schools is currently accepting applications for typically developing three-year-olds to serve as role models in the division’s free, half-day Reverse Inclusion Program for the 2021-2022 school year. 

Applications will be accepted through June 5, 2021 and students will be accepted on a first come, first served basis. There are only have 64 openings in the program, so you are encouraged to complete your 2021-2022 application to begin the enrollment process.

Want to learn more about reverse inclusion? See some Frequently Asked Questions below. 

What is Reverse Inclusion?
Reverse Inclusion is the practice of placing typically-developing students into an Early Childhood Special Education class on a voluntary basis to serve as social-emotional & communication role models for students with disabilities.

Who Should Apply?
Parents of students who are age 3 by September 30, 2021 and are able to attend a half-day preschool program five days per week for the entire 2021-2022 school year.  

What is the Cost?
There is no cost for the program.

What is Expected?
Students participating in the program are expected to be able to independently take care of his/her toileting needs, attend school daily and arrive to school on time, must not be receiving special education services, and have provided all enrollment documents required for Portsmouth Public Schools or have proof of employment with PPS.

Due to COVID-19, our screening process may be waived for the 2021-2022 school year.  Role models play an integral role in the classroom by demonstrating age-appropriate skills to students with disabilities.  Therefore, children participating must follow behavior and social expectations for the program, reviewed by the teacher at the beginning of the program, or may risk being removed from the program.

To learn more about the PPS Reverse Inclusion program, please review this program brochure. If you have additional questions about the program, or would like to request an application be mailed to your home, please contact Lisa Gehring, program specialist in the Office of Special Education, at 757-567-0723. 

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