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 PreKindergarten Program.
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.