Inclusion in an Integrated Classroom
For children who need a bit more support than Cooke offers through our SEIT program, we provide integrated preschool classes taught by both a special education and a general education teacher and two teacher assistants.
Eight children with special needs join 10 to 12 of their general education peers in a highly structured, inclusive classroom. Integrated classes are particularly helpful to children who can benefit from appropriate models of speech, play and other behaviors in a small, supportive setting.
Our integrated setting helps children develop social/emotional, physical, cognitive and language skills—skills they need for success in kindergarten and beyond. Theme-related activities in these areas encourage children to solve problems, think critically and engage in activities that promote healthy development.
To support classroom activities, children may also receive related services of speech, occupational and physical therapy and counseling according to individual needs—either in the classroom or in one-on-one settings.
Our curriculum is grounded in the Head Start Performance Standards of the U.S. Department of Education and the New York State Common Core Learning Standards for Pre-K. Classes are offered on a full-day, 12-month schedule.
Accessing SC/IS class services
Special needs students in our integrated classes are from 2.7 to 5 years of age, and have been classified as a preschooler with a disability by the New York City Department of Education's Committee on Preschool Special Education.
Please visit our Preschool admissions page for more information about eligibility for integrated classroom placement and related services.