New York Center for Child Development’s preschool for children with special needs provides classrooms and services that are rich in learning opportunities for each child at his or her current level of development. Our highly skilled teachers design extended curriculum themes and activities to facilitate cognitive development and communication skills and to promote independence, self-esteem and social-emotional development. Each classroom is divided into learning centers with materials that give children experience with reading and writing, math, science, social studies, block building, sand and water, art, music and dramatic play. Teachers and assistants guide children in their use of materials to reach individual learning goals. We believe that learning occurs within warm and supportive relationships with adults and positive social interactions with other children and the classroom environment promotes these relationships. We help children to be fully engaged with classroom activities and to find joy in accomplishing new things and becoming a part of their classroom community.
New York Center has highly qualified teaching and therapeutic staff and uses a transdisciplinary team approach to the education of children with special needs. Speech, occupational and physical therapists as well as psychologists and social workers often provide services to children in the classroom in order to work closely with teachers. Teachers and other professionals conduct frequent team meetings to discuss the progress of each child and agree on strategies for addressing his or her specific needs. Extensive orientation, staff development and regular presentations by staff members and outside experts raise skill levels of all professionals and provide a shared base of current knowledge. We maintain close working relationships with many academic institutions and have a professional Advisory Board of leading experts in the field who inform, shape and direct our ongoing work.
“By the middle of the school year, Marquis was coming home from school talking about the moon and the stars and so many other things. I’d say, ‘Where did he get this information?’ At New York Center, they really broaden the children’s minds. They deal with different children and they approach them in different ways to get their attention and hold their interest.”
Parent of New York Center preschool graduate