Welcome to CID, where children, birth to age 12, who are deaf and hard of hearing learn to listen, talk and read. We prepare children to participate and succeed in their neighborhood schools. Generous private support makes us affordable for all.
You have come to an excellent place to explore your child’s potential. CID has more than 106 years of experience teaching children who are deaf and putting them on the path toward happy, independent and productive lives.
If you’re a parent of a recently diagnosed baby, the Joanne Parrish Knight Family Center is the place for you and your family. Our parent educators and audiologists will partner with you to help your child, newborn to age 3, learn to listen and talk. We also offer a toddler class for children 18 months to 3 years old.
CID’s Anabeth and John Weil Early Childhood Center serves children ages 2 to 6 and emphasizes emerging literacy and social skills as well as age-appropriate academic instruction. Our Virginia J. Browning Primary School meets state educational standards for children through age 12. All CID programs are designed to prepare students for general educational settings. In a highly individualized, assessment-based program with a 5 to 1 or better student-teacher ratio and onsite professional support services, we weave speech, language and auditory instruction throughout all academics and offer music, art, physical education and other special activities.
Our teachers, speech-language therapists and pediatric audiologists are dedicated, caring individuals with advanced degrees and faculty appointments at Washington University School of Medicine. Their successes speak in the voices and everyday lives of our alumni, many of whom go on to pursue higher education and professional careers.
I invite you to visit, meet our staff, families and children and learn what CID has to offer your child. Please contact us using the admissions page or call toll-free 888.444.4565 (ext. 135) to talk to us about your child. We look forward to meeting you.
Central Institute for the Deaf education and employment programs and policies are nondiscriminatory. CID gives full consideration to all school applicants without respect to child’s or family members’ gender, race, religion, color, sexual orientation or national origin.