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Margaret L. Annear School

Margaret L. Annear, Early Intervention provides a comprehensive program for children with special needs from birth to five years of age in the home setting or in a school environment with opportunities to integrate with non-disabled preschool peers.

Early Intervention Referrals/Assessments

The Margaret L. Annear Early Intervention Program serves children with special needs from the ages of birth to five. Services, designed to meet the unique educational needs of children with mild to severe disabilities, include in home services for infant/toddlers with onsite weekly playgroups, special day classes for preschoolers, as well as readiness classes. Support personnel available to children and their families include speech-language pathologists, physical/occupational therapists, school psychologists, family service workers, adapted physical education teachers and nurses. Programs for children are provided in the home, inclusion in child care setting, or center-based program. Focus emphasized on the developmental areas of cognition, social/emotional, motor, self-help, readiness and language. Assessment of children is provided, at no cost to families, by a multi-disciplinary team that includes an education specialist, psychologist, nurse and speech-language pathologists.  



Physically Handicapped Inclusion

Stanislaus County Office of Education is the regionalized provider for PH inclusion support services to students within the Stanislaus SELPA who have orthopedic impairments.  If you have any questions or concerns regarding your child's orthopedic needs, please contact your district of residence for support and guidance.  The basic functions of this service is to modify or adapt the instructional setting (classroom or unstructured time such as recess) so that it can appropriately accommodate students with orthopedic impairments. 


Pre-Formal Programs (Students Age 5 and Under) including Autism, Readiness, Severely/Multiply Handicapped

Stanislaus County Office of Education is a service provider for preschool special education services including special day classes and related services to school districts within Stanislaus County that do not operate their own programs for students who qualify for special education services.  If you have any questions or concerns regarding the developmental progress of your child, please contact your district of residence for support and guidance.




Pre-Formal/School Age Deaf and Hard of Hearing Special Day Class

The Deaf/Hard of Hearing (DHH) Program serves individuals who are Deaf or hard of hearing from 0 to 22 years old, whose hearing loss ranges from mild to profound. The program offers a continuum of services that is based on student need and responds to communication preferences.  Students are enrolled in regular education or special education classrooms and receive DHH services in conjunction with their instruction. The pre-formal DHH classes are located at Margaret L. Annear School and the kindergarten-8th grade classes are located at Hart Ransom School. Many students utilize the services of sign language interpreters to participate in general education classes. Collaboration with parents is a key component to student success.


Margaret L. Annear Administrative Staff

Kristy Mabee, Principal/Program Director
(209) 541-2270
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Cristal Frias, Administrative Assistant I
(209) 541-2272
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Ludy Jauregui, Administrative Assistant I
(209) 541-2269
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MLA Preschool Calendar
MLA Infant/Toddler/Early Start Calendar
DHH Hart Ransom Calendar

MLA Student Events Calendar

Special Education Organizational Chart

Margaret L. Annear School Photos

                  MLA front entry                                                  Music room

     SDC autism classroom                                       SDC multiply handicapped classroom

                           Sensory room                                    

                                               3D animals line the hallways of the school                    

                                Playground                                                 Covered sandbox



Program Goals 

Program Purpose
The Early Intervention Program is designed to meet the challenges presented to children with disabilities from birth through five years of age.  By providing valuable educational services to children with developmental disabilities from birth, Early Intervention helps children function more productively and independently with their families.

By providing support to parents and fostering a parent-educational partnership, early intervention helps reduce family stress and promotes the family's ability to cope with the special needs of their child.

Program Principles

  • PLAY is considered the natural way of learning for young children. It gives opportunities for concrete experiences, outlets for tension, decision making, use of imagination and learning skills. If a child's mental or physical limitations prevent normal development play, productive play skills must be taught.
  • The TEAM APPROACH is a key program element. Program staff share their expertise and promote coordination among other professionals. This helps to provide a "total" program to the child and family.
  • The HOME is the primary place of learning for the preschool-aged child. Parent involvement is encouraged both in the school program and in a variety of family gatherings which occur during the year.
SCOE Provides 

Itinerant professionals are skilled and trained, provide support to students with severe developmental, speech, language, hearing, health, orthopedic, or vision impairments to be successful in general education classes in their neighborhood schools. 

Special day class teachers, instructional assistants and itinerant professionals provide specially designed instruction for students with similar disabilities.  These services and classrooms are located on general education school sites which enable students to participate with non-disabled peers to the greatest extent possible. 


Mission Statement

Mission Statement 

We, the SCOE Early Intervention team, are dedicated to promoting services and support to young children with special needs and their families. We do this by creating partnerships among school, home and community that enhance each child's greatest potential.

Vision Statement 
  • We Envision
         A united team that collaboratively implements best inclusion practices
  • We Value
         The expertise of all partners
  • We Commit
         To building environments that honor belonging for all children. 

Key Contacts

Kristy Mabee

Principal/Program Director, Margaret L. Annear School

Frequently Asked Questions

What do the students learn at JFK?

Our students are exposed to the same content standards that the state requires for general education students, with significant modifications.  Much of our curriculum is delivered as functional skills with the content standards embedded.  (Ex:  If the content standard  is math calculations, we may teach a student how to add up the amount of money needed to purchase items on a shopping list.)

Do you have a regular school calendar?

We have a traditional calendar with 180 school days.  For students who qualify, we also offer an extended year program for an additional 19 days.

My doctor told me my child needs speech therapy. Where do I go to get help?

Call you school district's Special Education office.

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What do I do if I think my child has Autism?

Under 3 years old, call Valley Mountain Regional Center (VMRC), Early Start Station for an assessment.  (209) 529-2626.  Over 3 years old, call your school district's Special Education office.

What are some reputable sites to find out more about Autism?

CAPTAIN is a multiagency network developed to support the understanding and use of Evidence Based Practices for individuals affected by Autism Spectrum Disorder across the state: . 

National Professional Development Center on Autism Spectrum Disorder (NPDC) has worked to develop free professional resources for teachers, therapists, and technical assistance providers who work with individuals with ASD.  Resources include detailed information on how to plan, implement, and monitor specific evidence-based practices.



What are some local resources to help me as a parent with a child who has disabilities?

Valley Mountain Regional Center (VMRC).  We serve children and adults with developmental disabilities in San Joaquin, Stanislaus, Amador, Calaveras and Tuolumne counties.  Free diagnosis and assessment services are available to any person suspected of having a developmental disability, such as intellectual disability, cerebral palsy, epilepsy, or autism.  To qualify for ongoing support and services, a person must be found to have a developmental disability which began before the age of 18 and is a substantial handicap.

The Family Resource Network.  A leading provider of family support services to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families.