Early Childhood Education CenterECEC has three sites with both Integrated and Self-Contained Classrooms in Albany, Schenectady, and Troy. The Center-based program is 4.5 hours, from 8:45 am to 1:15 pm. All teams use a collaborative, interdisciplinary approach using play as the medium for learning. Our goal is to continue to challenge students to greater independence in preparation for Kindergarten, reinforcing that learning should be fun.

Self-Contained Classroom provides students with a smaller class size and high staff ratio in a highly structured, language intensive environment. All students receive special education services within an appropriate peer group. The Self-Contained Team consists of a special educator, two teaching assistants, speech therapist, occupational therapist, physical therapist, and a social worker. Class size is either 8 or 12 students with inclusion opportunities daily.

Integrated Classroom provides a structured, language-rich program for preschoolers with special needs alongside typically developing peers. The Integrated Team consists of a special educator,  early childhood teacher, teaching assistant, speech therapist, occupational therapist, physical therapist, and a social worker. Class size is 16.

Special Education Itinerant Teacher (SEIT) are provided by a special educator in the child’s home, daycare, nursery school, or child care location.

Related Services provided in the child’s home, child care location, daycare, nursery school: Occupational Therapy (OT), Physical Therapy (PT), Speech and Language Therapy, Teacher of the Visually Impaired (TVI), Assistive Technology (AT), Counseling.

Multidisciplinary Evaluations

Supplemental Evaluations available:  Speech, Education, Psychologist, OT, PT, Vision, Functional Behavioral Assessments (FBA), Assistive Technology (AT).

Family Support Services
Includes Service Coordination, Social Skill Group, Social Work, Counseling, Effective Parenting Skills, Crisis Intervention, Financial Advocacy, Parent/Family Support, and Behavior Management.

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