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Head Start provides developmentally appropriate early childhood services to children, aged three to five years old. Children receive free medical and dental screenings and nutritious meals and snacks. Head Start provides children with activities that help them grow mentally, socially, emotionally and physically. Centers are conveniently located in Coatesville, Downingtown, Jennersville, Kennett Square, Oxford, Phoenixville, and West Chester. Classes are half-day, Monday-Thursday. Federal funds are provided by the Department of Health and Human Services. Head Start is a federally-funded preschool program for children from low-income families. The program aims to educate families to achieve sustainable and successful life skills. Over 446 children participate in the Head Start program each year.
Hearing Impaired Communication Classroom - Preschool Special Education
Nancy Saul, Supervisor
The preschool classroom for children who are hearing impaired provides learning experiences in a language-rich environment for children three to five years of age. Programming is provided for eligible children as determined by the IEP team. If appropriate, districts may choose to offer preschool special education services to children during their kindergarten year.
The primary goal of the program is to improve communication skills through spoken language and listening. Sign language support may be used as a bridge to oral language.
The instructional program includes:
Related services provided in the program include:
Health and support services provided in the basic program include:
Hearing Impaired Support Program - Itinerant
The Itinerant Hearing Impaired Support program provides specialized services and instruction for students, ages five through 21, whose skills allow them to function in a regular school setting. The level of intervention is determined by student need on an individual basis.
Teachers of the hearing impaired provide classroom teachers with strategies for working with hearing impaired students. Auditory training units are provided to students as appropriate. Loaner hearing aids are provided when personal aids are not working. Audiological services are provided as a related service.
Home & Community Services
Home & Community Services provides behavioral and mental health rehabilitation services (wraparound) to children and their families. Wraparound services offer an alternative to more restrictive intervention, such as an out-of-home placement.
The primary goal is to provide school districts and agencies with an integrated and coordinated approach to serving at-risk children that allows students to remain in the least-restrictive, academic setting as possible.
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