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 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 may include hiring extra staff, when appropriate. Since the school’s financial resources are limited and outside support may vary from year to year, the number of children with special needs will have to be appropriate to what the preschool can accommodate, both financially and educationally. In general, Cherry Preschool will strive to include children with identified special needs to comprise approximately 10% of its population.

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

Rhonda Cohen
Inclusion Director