Established in 1948, our school has a well-earned reputation for outstanding education, evaluation and treatment services for children from birth to age 21 with a broad range of mild to severe disabilities, including speech/language delays, physical disabilities, and mental retardation. Each child’s program is individualized and closely monitored by a team of multidisciplinary professionals. Preparation for inclusion, mainstreaming and maximum independence in the community is emphasized.
The CLC has a strong commitment to serving the entire family – mothers, fathers, siblings and grandparents. Family meetings, tours, special events, and social work services are available and designed to support the family network. A truly caring staff of special education teachers, clinicians, other professionals and support staff are ready to assist in every way possible.
The Children’s Learning Center is the school component of the Cerebral Palsy Association of Nassau County, a non-profit organization. The school serves over 250 students, ranging in age from 18 months to 21 years of age, and coming from most school districts across Nassau County, a few from Suffolk County, and many from the boroughs of New York City. The classes are all comprised of low student to teacher ratios, i.e., 12:1:4; 12:1:2; 9:1:3; or 6:1:2. Every student enrolled in the school has an IEP (or IFSP for children receiving early intervention services) as a result of a CPSE/CSE meeting.
The Early Intervention Component
The Early Intervention (EI) Program of the Children’s Learning Center provides center-based educational and related services for children from birth to three years of age residing in Nassau County. ucpn is a recognized and approved early intervention provider of a comprehensive taxonomy of evaluation and treatment services. These services are provided on a twelve month basis for eligible children.
The Preschool Program provides a multi-sensory approach to readiness skills for students ranging in age from three to five years. This program enhances and integrates the motor, cognitive, language, perceptual, and social areas of development in order to maximize optimal learning. An integral part of this program is ongoing parent contact that provides information and techniques to enable the parent to facilitate the learning process at home. For many students in our preschool, the goal is to provide the students with the necessary academic and social/emotional skills to facilitate mainstreaming into the public school system.
Students in this division of our school range from five to twenty-one years of age. It is the largest component of our school with more focus on developing skills that allow for academic growth, maximum independence in functional ability, and transition to adulthood. As in our other school divisions, a multidisciplinary team of physical, occupational and speech therapists, psychologist, social workers, and related nursing and adaptive equipment specialists help to coordinate and implement the IEP, along with the teacher and classroom faculty. Parents are encouraged to remain involved in their child’s program by participating in classroom training groups, team meetings, social work groups, and special events.