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WELCOME TO THE READINESS PROGRAM


Readiness child on a tricycle The Readiness Program is a full day, center-based program for children ages 3 to 5 who reside in the Bronx, New York and have been referred to the program through their local Committee on Preschool Special Education. 
 

Children who display a developmental delay in one or more of the following areas: cognitive, speech and language, fine or gross motor skills, sensory integration, adaptive or social-emotional development, participate in the program.

The students are grouped together in small classes with a teacher and two teacher assistants. Support services such as Speech Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy and Counseling are provided to children in order to meet their educational goals as mandated by the Individual Education Plan (IEP).

Two girls smilingThe Readiness Program works closely with the families and offers parent training and support groups to assist the families in advocating for their child's educational needs. The Monolingual and Bilingual groups meet regularly with a social worker who facilitates the meetings.

The Readiness staff believes that young children, regardless of their disability, learn when they are fully participating and interacting with people and their environment. The curricula include Teaching Strategies, TEACCH and visual supports consisting of Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS), Super Symbols and True Object Based Icons (TOBI) which are incorporated into all aspects of the students' day.Class of Readiness enjoying the holiday In addition, the teachers, psychologist and administrative staff have worked together to create a social skills program in line with the New York State Department of Education Social Emotional Learning standards

Monthly themes are woven into the curricula along with music activities and fun hands-on learning opportunities. Whether it is watching chicks hatch, competing in tricycle races or displaying artwork, the children are provided with real learning experiences to reinforce basic concepts and skills.