AHRC New York City Preschools are built upon the belief that children with developmental delays have the same needs as all children, and that parents and families are the most important people in the lives of their children. AHRC NYC currently operates four preschools for students with disabilities, and some classes for children without disabilities:
- Astoria Blue Feather Head Start – located in Astoria, Queens, NY
- Howard Haber Early Learning Center – located in Parkchester, Bronx, NY
- Francis of Paola Early Learning Center – located in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY
- Esther Ashkenas Central Park Early Learning Center – located in Manhattan, NY
Our preschools feature the following types of the classrooms:
- Special Education Classes: small classrooms with more support for all students; specialized classes that use applied behavior analysis for students with autism spectrum disorders; classes for students with developmental delays
- Integrated Classes: classrooms in which students with disabilities have the opportunity to learn alongside their typically-developing peers
In the preschools, students have access to Related Services to address individual deficits and needs. Related Services are provided on the recommendations of the child’s Committee on Preschool Education (CPSE) and noted on his or her IFSP.
Related Services include:
- Speech/Language Therapy
- Occupational Therapy
- Physical Therapy
- Psychological Services and Counseling
All of AHRC NYC’s preschools are designed for preschool children who have or are suspected of having a disability pursuant to Section 4410 of Article 89 of the Education Law. Specific services provided by these schools are based upon individual child needs which have been determined by the CPSE of the child’s local school district. The school district is ultimately responsible for determining the location where Special Education services, if necessary, will be provided.