Children with Developmental Delays
Two Early Learning Centers, one in the Bronx, the other in Staten Island, are model programs that prepare 3-5 year olds, many with significant developmental delays, for success in kindergarten.
Many of the children have cognitive and language impairments, social and emotional difficulties, and sensory and motor problems. In some classes, developmentally-delayed children learn in classrooms alongside their typically developing peers. Both schools offer a full range of therapies including speech, physical and occupational.
Our certified and experienced staff provides instructional and therapeutic services. We have on-site social workers and special educators, as well as speech, physical, and occupational therapists. Our staff also includes a psychologist and fulltime nurse.
Teachers encourage the involvement of parents and caregivers and offer support groups, individual counseling, educational workshops on behavior management, health and hygiene issues, language development, fine-motor development, parental rights and advocacy.
In both schools, skilled and talented teams of professionals include teachers certified in special education, social workers and physical, occupational and speech therapists who routinely review and adjust the children’s Individualized Education Plans (IEP). Once the children are about to graduate from the ELC, the team helps identify the most appropriate and least restrictive environment for the children’s next move – kindergarten.
State-approved evaluations are provided free of charge to every child and include psychological, educational, speech and language, occupational or physical therapy assessments.
The Early Learning Centers are funded by the New York State Education Department and the New York State Department of Health, and licensed by the New York City Department of Health. The Staten Island Early Learning Center is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children.