Play & Learn (PAL)

What is the Play and Learn (PAL) Program?

The "Play and Learn" program is a special education preschool for mild to moderately impaired children ages 2 1/2 - 5. There is an Early Intervention Component for children ages birth to three. Children qualify the program based on evaluations and are eligible under:

Cognitive Impairment, Hearing Impairment, Emotional Impairment, Visual Impairment, Speech and Language Impairment, Early Childhood Developmental Delay, Physical Impairment or Other Impairment

A child is eligible for the PAL Program after a referral has been made and  the child is evaluated by the PAL team. This team consists of Special Education Teachers, a School Psychologist, a School Social Worker, and a teacher of Speech/Language Impaired. If a child is suspected of a significant delay, an Individualized Educational Planning Committee meeting is held with the parents. At this time, all assessment  information is shared and available services are discussed before a placement is made.

The children attend the program for half-day sessions, four days per week, either in the morning or afternoon. The philosophy of the staff is that each child is a unique individual and that learning takes place at each child's own developmental level and pace. The curriculum is language based and focuses on learning domains to meet the developing needs of the whole child.

Children have the opportunity to freely explore and play while interacting with other children and the teacher, both individually and in small groups. Also the children participate in activity time, "circle" time, gym, music and snack time. During all of these times, language is being experienced, cognition (thinking/reasoning) is being developed, fine and gross motor skills are being practiced and social/personal/emotional skills are being learned.

PAL/Special Ed Online Back to School Process

Dear Play and Learn (PAL) Program Families:

Welcome to the 2021-22 school year!  We are requiring all students and parents to complete the Back-to-School packet, an online registration process. Starting August 6th, the online Back-to-School process will available to families by logging into Skyward Family Access.

PLEASE NOTE: It is crucial that you complete the additional Emergency Contacts for your child in Step 2e.  Without your permission, we can not release a student to anyone other than those listed as an Emergency Contact.  Also, the system will only allow you to add these contacts under the following relationships: Mother, Father, Relative, or Other.

Families are encouraged to complete this process at home.  For any families needing assistance, HVS will provide an open computer lab at the Brooks Center. This lab will have computers available and a staff member present for all parents/guardians needing help.

Brooks Center - 
1000 Hill Rd, White Lake, MI 48383

Tuesday, August 10th
5:00 - 8:00 pm

Saturday, August 21st
9:00 am - 12:00 pm

General Information & Required Documentation

For more information, contact the PAL office at (248) 684-8019

Miscellaneous Applications/Forms/Documents/Links:

Health Plan of Care Forms:

Medication: If your child requires medication, prescription or non-prescription, during school hours, the school must have consent from a doctor. District personnel cannot accept medication or administer medication without documentation from a physician.

Medical Conditions: In addition to administration of medication, some students require a health plan to provide optimal support for medical concerns such as asthma, allergies, seizures, etc. If your child requires a health plan, please visit the Health and Wellness page listed below, to access the appropriate form for your child's needs. Once completed and signed by the physician, please provide the form to your child's school.

All health plans expire at the close of the current school year and a new authorized health plan must be submitted prior to the start of each school year.

Plan of Care forms can be obtained by visiting our HVS' Health & Wellness page. If you have questions regarding the completion of the Plan of Care, please feel free to contact Student Support Services at 248-684-8236 to assist in the administration of these documents.