ANABETH AND JOHN WEIL EARLY CHILDHOOD CENTER
If you’re familiar with the saying, “Everything I needed to learn I learned in kindergarten,” you know that the preschool-kindergarten years are when children acquire skills they will use throughout their lives. In CID’s comprehensive early childhood educational program, children who are deaf and hard of hearing develop the speech, language and listening skills they need to be successful in the world. They also develop the early literacy, pre-academic concepts and social skills they will need for future academic success.
Our exciting preschool program for 3- and 4-year-olds is adapted from nationally recognized general education preschool curricula that emphasize language, early literacy, social and motor skills. Then, at age 5, our kindergarteners receive individualized instruction in listening, speech and language as they gain knowledge and skills outlined by the Missouri Common Core State Standards. Through years of experience teaching children who are deaf and hard of hearing to listen and talk, CID’s teachers expertly assess and provide individualized instruction to help each child reach his or her potential.
The CID Anabeth and John Weil Early Childhood Center includes children with typical hearing who learn alongside their peers who are deaf and hard of hearing. Hearing peers serve as models for natural language, social interaction and behavior. Our superb, caring staff understands how children grow and develop, and provides the experiences necessary to promote the development of the whole child. The children have fun learning in a colorful, child-friendly educational environment designed with their needs in mind. Our teachers have master’s degrees in deaf education, early childhood education and related specialties.
If you are interested in learning more about early childhood education at CID, please contact us through a GET STARTED link or feel free to reach me directly by phone or e-mail.
Lynda Berkowitz, MS, CED, LSLS Cert. AVEd