Bronx Early Learning Center

Preparing Children for Kindergarten

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Since 1987, Volunteers of America-Greater New York has provided a therapeutic, pre-school experience for children with developmental delays.

The goal of the Bronx Early Learning Center (BELC) is to ensure that children with special needs successfully transition to public school kindergarten classes in the least restrictive environment possible.

The Bronx Early Learning Center, located on Bathgate Avenue in the South Bronx, is a vibrant and nurturing preschool community. There are 250 students-- 234 children with developmental delays associated with autism, Down syndrome, attention deficit disorder and neurological and emotional issues, and 16 typically developing children-- attending our integrated Universal Pre-Kindergarten Program.

We are looking for New York State certified teachers to join our interdisciplinary team of professionals who are changing children's lives as they prepare for their school-age years. You can apply here!

Meet some of our dedicated teachers in this video:

From 2011-2014, between 57%-62% of our graduates have been placed in general education (and no longer are labelled as a child with a disability) or integrated collaborative teaching kindergarten classrooms in the New York City Department of Education public school system.

The Bronx Early Learning Center participates in the National School Breakfast and Lunch Program, which provides nutritional meals and snacks to the students, and a School Wellness Plan to support food safety and nutrition, physical activity and related workshops/training for students, families and staff.

"Volunteers of America’s Bronx Early Learning Center is a pleasant and child-centered environment that enables students and their families to gain confidence and obtain support. I was very happy to hear staff members clearly articulate why they love what they do, and why this age group is a particular joy to them." - NYC Dept. of Education Chancellor Carmen Fariña

For more information about the Bronx Early Learning Center, call (718) 466-3580.