The Early Childhood program is committed to supporting children, ages 3-4, with low-incidence special needs and their families. Our mission is to implement individualized and developmentally appropriate practices to support the individual needs of every child as he or she grows to reach their full potential. All Early Childhood students attend ½ day programs located at the Julia Molloy Education Center. Classrooms typically have a 8-10 students with a teacher and 2 assistants.
Our goal is to foster the growth and development of pre-academic and pro-social skills that will serve as the foundation for a successful elementary school experience. Our classrooms use evidenced based practices to provide individual, small group, and whole group instruction. The Early Childhood program follows the Illinois Learning Standards while utilizing “Creative Curriculum.” This curriculum focuses on communication, social skills development, motor development, self-help skills, and academic readiness skills. The curriculum is aligned with our member districts Blended Early Childhood Programs, but modified to meet the individual needs of each child. Teachers adapt to the unique learning styles of each individual student by using a variety of instructional strategies. Teachers utilize a data-based decision making approach through progress monitoring and curriculum based assessment to guide instruction.
All IEP goals are worked on in a collaborative model. A multidisciplinary team develops goals, instructional strategies, and accommodations that will best meet the students’ needs.
NTDSE embraces the use of technology on a daily basis to enhance the curriculum and IEP goal instruction.