SPICE Programs School Re-Opening Plans

Keeping our preschool classrooms open during Covid-19, in a way that is healthy and safe for all, is of utmost importance to us at Elmcrest.   In the summer of 2020, a Team worked in consultation with our stakeholders to design a plan that is focused on student learning while meeting the unique needs of the children we serve.   These plans were developed while adhering to guidance from New York State Education Department, New York State Department of Health and New York Forward.

Below you will find a link to our Early Ed Center SPICE Program Plan as well as our ESM Park Hill School SPICE Program Plan.

Early Ed SPICE COVID Reopening Plan


Continuity of Learning Plan

Testing Plan

Contract Tracing Plan

These documents will continue to be updated as more guidance is provided or as the health and safety situation in our community changes.

We look forward to serving you and your child this year!  If you have any questions or concerns at all, please contact us.

The SPICE (Special Preschool Integration for Children's Education) program provides preschool special education services for children in Onondaga County and surrounding counties.  The full day program runs at the Early Education Center for 5 hours, from 8am to 1pm. The half day program operates at Park Hill School with a morning and an afternoon session each lasting 2.5 hours, from 9 to 11:30am and 12:30 to 3pm.  Both the half and full day program run Monday through Friday and follow the school calendar of the district they reside within.  All classrooms have identified special education ratios- the number of staff to number of students, and are inclusive- meaning there are peers who don’t receive services enrolled the classrooms as well.  Children enrolled in the SPICE programs receive their services onsite through speech therapy, occupational therapy, physical therapy, play therapy and other clinical supports.

In order for your child to be enrolled with SPICE, your child’s home school district’s Committee on Preschool Special Education (CPSE) needs to approve a half or full day preschool program- referred to as a SCIS (Special Class Integrated Setting) on the child’s IEP.  Once a program has been approved, the districts often will contact us with specific referrals.

Interested families should feel free to call for more information or to get the referral process started.  Our Family Coordinators will be happy to discuss options for your child and further explain the process.  If your child has qualified for a full day program, contact Shelly Canavan at (315)446-3220.  For the half day program, contact Desiree Phillips at (315)434-3805.