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Special Education

Preschool Education Program (PEP)

Ms. Mary Rose Catena, Coordinator

Office Location:
Carver Educational Services Center
Room 204
850 Hungerford Drive
Rockville, MD 20850

Phone: 240-740-3125
Fax: 301-279-2119
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Important Information for the Start of the 23-24 School Year

Week of August 21 - 25 - Professional days for teachers and parent educators

August 28, 29, 30 and September 1 - Pre-K Special Education Home Visit Days

September 5 - First day of school for PEP students


 PEP Family Calendar 2023-24



Preschool Education Program (PEP)

PEP provides preschool special education services for children aged 3 to 5 with identified disabilities in Montgomery County. PEP operates on a transdiciplinary model of best practices in Early Childhood Special Education.


PEP Program Description

PEP is a non-categorical program serving children with a variety of disabilities. Most children who receive PEP services have moderate learning delays in more than one area of development.

All children in PEP have an Individualized Education Program (IEP). The IEP includes learning goals and objectives based on needs identified through formal evaluations. Staff use the learning goals and objectives as a guide to assist students in acquiring skills that children their age have already learned.

Many children enrolled in PEP receive related services such as speech/language, occupational, and/or physical therapy. Parent education may also be provided.

PEP Philosophy

PEP’s philosophy is based on the premise that early intervention is effective in addressing learning deficits. PEP identifies strategies to offset the impact of educational disabilities in young children.

Developmental skills such as communication, exploration, movement, play and socialization are essential for all children. Some children with disabilities need specialized intervention to gain the skills necessary for kindergarten.

PEP staff members collaborate in order address the individual goals and objectives of students. Services are provided in the least restrictive environment, including community settings.