Children With Special Needs

Cherry Preschool’s Commitment to Inclusion

Warren W. Cherry Preschool supports the following objective of the National Association for the Education of Young Children:

All disadvantaged and disabled children will have access to high quality and developmentally appropriate preschool programs that help prepare children for school.

We believe that including children with special needs in regular preschool programming is appropriate practice in a developmental early childhood setting. It enables children with special needs to model the social, language, and play skills needed to succeed in school. It also enriches the lives of all children by bringing them together in an environment that teaches acceptance, respect, and the appreciation of individual differences. Cherry Preschool welcomes children who have a variety of special and medical needs as well as children who come from economically disadvantaged and culturally diverse backgrounds.

Cherry Preschool’s commitment to the inclusion of children with special needs is financial as well as philosophical. All children accepted into the school will receive the support they need to ensure a successful preschool experience. This includes hiring inclusion teacher aides to support individual children, when appropriate. In addition to the two teachers in each classroom, we typically have one or more inclusion teacher aides providing extra support. As a result, our staff to child ratios are excellent. In general, Cherry Preschool strives to include children with identified special needs to comprise approximately 10% of its population each year.

If your child is receiving any services or has any special needs, or for further information, please contact:

Rhonda Cohen
Inclusion Director
847-492-1213
rhonda@cherrypreschool.org