The Education Division offers services that are structured to provide culturally sensitive, developmentally appropriate curricular activities for children and their families. Our philosophy is based on the assumptions that parents are the primary teachers, that parental support in educational programs is essential, that a team approach provides both parents and teachers collective exchange, and that the team must advocate on behalf of children. We are aware that in order to reach our goals we must work cooperatively with parents, sharing in our mutual interest in the child. Drew Child Development Corporation believes that it is the responsibility of all adults to support, nurture, guide and educate young children. To that end, our centers provide developmentally appropriate curricula. Teachers respond to the children in ways that demonstrate knowledge of their stage of development and an appreciation of individual needs. We believe that each child is unique and deserves respect, consistency, caring and a challenging environment to grow for optimal developmental growth and that history and culture are important for children to gain a clear sense of self.
Early Intervention Programs:
Drew Child Development Corporation offers an E. I. program to meet the developmental requirements of children ages 18 months – 3 years with special needs and their families. The Program provides a center-based program for developmentally disabled children who are referred by the Referral Center.
Family Centered Services offers Home and Center-Based Programming for children with medical, biological and/or environmental risks and support Services and Parent/Sibling Education for their Families.
Developmental Programming is provided by educational staff with specific early intervention training to assist families in establishing and implementing developmental goals and objectives in the areas of:
- physical motor (gross/fine)
- cognitive development
- tactile experiences
- problem solving
Home and Center-Based Age Information:
Home Base (Individual Instruction)
- Birth to 3 years old (In-home infant stimulation, weekly visits in the home-for one hour, parent education and involvement)
Our In-Home Teachers work with the children in all areas of development; however, they concentrate on the identified goals for the individual child. They model appropriate activities and language for the family to continue throughout the week. In addition to in-the home activities, other developmental activities may take place in any natural environment such as during feeding or bathing, outside, or at a local park.
Center Base (Group Instruction)
- 18 months to 3 years old (In-class developmental programming, three days a week-for three hours, emphasizing language,social and problem-solving skills
Our Classroom Teachers provide quality group and individual developmental programming three days a week with a choice of a morning session or an afternoon session. Our program uses a theme based curriculum with language-enriched instruction.
Also, all of our teachers are trained in “Infant Massage Techniques”. We incorporate basic sensory activities in the home sessions for children who may benefit from massaging techniques, and we educate and involve the parentsas well.