Spice is currently closed until April 14th. 

We are still accepting referrals for SPICE at ESM and SPICE at the Early Education Center.

We recognize that any of the timelines are subject to change as the COVID-19 situation continues to develop.  If your children are enrolled in one of our programs, we will keep you updated as we have new information regarding our reopening date.  For any additional information about our programs, you may contact Jerry Shannon at 315-446-6250 ext. 133.

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 Leah King at (315)434-3805.