The Preschool Program services children ages 3-5 and offers comprehensive clinical services and highly structured classrooms with a small ratio of children to trained staff to allow for individualized instruction and attention. Preschool classrooms utilize a curriculum based on early childhood education best practices with modifications made for special education. Lifeline Center’s therapeutic milieu reflects a nurturing environment where the child’s special needs are understood and addressed with sensitivity and professionalism.
Overview of our educational program:
- Small class size and highly trained staff
- Multi disciplinary team collaboration between educational and clinical staff
- Teaching methodologies such as TEACCH are offered according to each child’s specific learning style. Visual systems and picture-based schedules are incorporated into a highly structured classroom environment
- School wide Behavior Management program paired with a token economy system targets each child’s behavioral and social emotional needs
- State of the art computer program and technology are available for all students
- Theme based developmental early childhood curriculum is utilized which incorporates all PreKindergarten Learning Standards mandated by New York State. Our curriculum is designed to facilitate skill development, promote learning and prepare students for Kindergarten readiness. Daily activities include: 6 learning centers (Literacy, Science, Math/Manipulatives, Art/Sensory, Dramatic Play and Block Play), Circle Time, Active Play; Music and Movement; Child Choice and Literacy activities.
- An extensive literacy program includes weekly scheduled visits to our library for all classes. The library is equipped with a broad collection of books and materials which supplement and enhance the math, science, language arts and social studies curriculum.
- Toy and Book Lending Library is available to all families to promote consistency between home and school. Caregivers participate in their child’s educational process by learning how to best use appropriate learning materials at home through workshops offered during the school year, as well as through ongoing communication with an Educational Specialist.
- School trips enhance the curriculum and provide the children with hands on learning opportunities for experiencing community and cultural events