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Preschool Children with Developmental Delays

Educating young students and preparing them to reach their full potential.

School Reopening Plan

Volunteers of America-Greater New York has put together a plan for the reopening of our Bronx Early Learning Center this fall. Learn what to expect, get answers to frequently asked questions, and read the full plan.


How We Help Children with Developmental Delays

Preparing for the school age years is particularly important for young children with developmental delays. Laying a solid foundation gives them the best possible chance to thrive, meet their full potential, and eventually become contributing members of society.

Volunteers of America-Greater New York operates a preschool special education (4410) program where the developmental needs of young students are met. Our Bronx Early Learning Center (BELC) is located in the Tremont area of the Bronx.

Many of the students attending our Bronx Early Learning Center demonstrate cognitive and language delays, social-emotional challenges, and/or sensory and motor challenges. The early learning center is approved by the New York State Education Department and is under contract with the New York City Department of Education to provide multidisciplinary evaluations, special education services, and related services—including occupational therapy, physical therapy, speech therapy and counseling. The center is also licensed through the New York City Department of Health/Mental Health Bureau of Child Care.

Instructional and therapeutic services are provided by New York State certified teaching staff and related services providers. The Bronx Early Learning Center is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), further ensuring that our students are receiving a quality education.

Family Support

Our teaching staff and social services staff encourage the involvement of parents, guardians and caregivers, and offer support groups, individual support, educational workshops, and team and individual meetings regarding their child’s progress, preparation for the transition to school age services, and special events at our early learning center. There are also parent councils at both centers that meet throughout the school year. Topics for training/support may include: information on parental rights/advocacy, health concerns, working with behavioral challenges, and child development.


As an approved evaluation site, the BELC provides multidisciplinary evaluations to preschool students who present with concerns related to their development. Evaluations may include:

  • psychological evaluation
  • education evaluation and classroom observation
  • speech and language evaluation
  • social history
  • occupational therapy
  • physical therapy evaluation

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

Watch a video about Nico to see how he thrived at our early learning center:

"My son couldn’t even speak when he started school. He couldn’t say a word. But now he can become whatever he wants.”

The parent of an ELC graduate

Learn More About Our School


The Bronx Early Learning Center is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children.