Staten Island Early Learning Center

Preparing Children for Kindergarten

About the Staten Island Early Learning Center

Since 1984, the Staten Island Early Learning Center has been preparing 3-5 year olds, many with significant developmental delays, for success in kindergarten.

Children receive speech, occupational and physical therapy as they build the educational foundation they need in the least restrictive environment possible. A highly skilled team of dedicated teachers, therapists, a nurse and a 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 participate in a special ceremony just for them.

The SIELC is also accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and is a New York State Education Department (NYSED) approved preschool special education program. Program approval allows us to provide multidisciplinary evaluations to children who may have developmental concerns. Evaluations may include: psychological, education, speech & language, social history, occupational therapy, and physical therapy evaluations depending on what the child may need.


For more information about the SIELC, call (718) 984-7900.

"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.

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The SIELC is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children.



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The SIELC is also a New York State Education Department approved preschool special education program.