The Governor Morehead Preschool
The Governor Morehead Preschool (GMP) provides community-based early intervention and preschool services to children ages birth through five years with diagnosed visual impairments. Services are provided in collaboration with a variety of other agencies and interventionists to ensure that each child's unique and individual needs across all areas of development are being addressed. In all settings, a strong emphasis is placed on the provision of service in natural environments, as it is believed that students benefit the most from intervention in settings that are familiar and comfortable to the child.
To be eligible for Governor Morehead Preschool services, a child must have a:
- Corrected visual acuity of 20/70 or worse in the better eye and/or
- Remaining visual field of 20 degrees or less in the better eye and/or
- A statement from a pediatric ophthalmologist that a child would benefit from services based on a specific diagnosis.
In most cases, documentation should come from a pediatric ophthalmologist, although there may be situations where a visual impairment can be documented by a pediatric neurologist.
Governor Morehead Preschool staff offers an array of services to children and families. Focusing on environmental and educational adaptations, visual efficiency assessment and training, compensatory skill development, pre-Braille/Braille instruction, and orientation and mobility training, teachers address each child's unique needs specific to their visual impairment. Intervention occurs through the use of a variety of instructional strategies that take place in the child's natural environment. Additional services include family support services and activities, developmental assessments, IFSP and/or IEP development, and staff development opportunities for both service providers and families.
Families play a critical role in all facets of this program. Family involvement is an integral part of the growth and development of their children, and this is especially true for children with visual impairments. Our service delivery model stresses parental involvement and support, and provides a number of activities and resources that support the development of parents and that provide them with opportunities to increase their advocacy skills.
For more information on this program, please contact:
Kelly Davis, Director
6371 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27699-6371
919-733-0533 – Telephone
919-733-1873 – Fax