Staten Island Early Learning Center

Preparing Children for Kindergarten

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Since 1984, the Staten Island Early Learning Center - the "little school with the red door" as it is fondly known by some - has been preparing 3-5 year olds, many with significant developmental delays, for success in kindergarten.

Children thrive in our school where, in a warm and nurturing environment, they receive all the therapies and build the educational foundation they need to be prepared to reach their full potential. A highly skilled team of dedicated teachers, aides, speech, physical and occupational therapists, a nurse and school psychologist, work with the children’s families to develop individualized education plans for every child, adjusting them as the children's needs change.

The school is located in the Tottenville area of Staten Island with a view of the Raritan Bay. Its outdoor playground is surrounded by a grassy lot where family picnics are held, the occasional farm animal visits, and the 20 or so children who graduate each year walk down the path in cap and gown to waiting friends and family under a large striped tent.

"When he graduated, he was able to speak in full sentences, do the alphabet, put his sneakers on, put his shirt on. He went in as one person, and came out a different person. What we knew was inside him was brought out." - Bobby Germano, father of Nico, a former student of the Staten Island Early Learning Center.

For more information about the Staten Island Early Learning Center, call (718) 984-7900.