Center for Early Childhood Education (Preschool)

Our Mission

The Center for Early Childhood Education, familiarly called the Preschool, is the Groden Center’s integrated program for young children.  Our Preschool curriculum is currently being redesigned and relocated.  A new location will be announced no later than July, 2017. This Center provides services to children with autism, as well as those who do not have autism and/or other developmental disabilities.

Information & Referrals for Children with Special Needs

Children with special needs are referred to the Groden Center’s Preschool by their local school departments. The school departments make referrals when a child’s needs cannot be met within the district. Once a referral is made, the Groden Center Admissions Coordinator sets up a screening to determine if the needs of the child and family can be served in the Preschool.

The Preschool has worked successfully with children with a variety of diagnoses including autism, Down syndrome, PDD, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, severe developmental delay, and oppositional defiant disorder

For children being referred by their school districts please contact the Groden Center’s admissions department. On an agreed upon day, the child will visit the preschool and spend 1-2 hours participating in activities with the other children. The information from the family interview and child visit will be reviewed by the preschool team to determine the program’s ability to meet the needs of the child and family.

Information & Referrals for Children without Special Needs

Parents who are interested in placing their children in the Preschool may arrange a tour and a meeting with the Preschool supervisor. Families interested in enrolling a child in the Preschool complete the application and schedule a screening for their child. The purpose of the screening is twofold: to give the child an opportunity to explore the classroom and participate in Preschool activities, and for the Preschool staff and family to observe how the child responds to the Preschool structure and routine. Our goal is to insure that each child and family can be well served in our setting.