Early Childhood Center to Offer Inclusive Program in 2013
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Batavia Public Schools recently announced the Batavia Early Childhood Center will offer a preschool program for children with and without special needs. Also known as a blended or inclusive program, this tuition-based offering will educate children with special needs alongside their typically-developing peers.
Launched in January 2013, this mandatory program offering will bring BPS101 into compliance with the directives outlined in the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), specifically as it relates to educating students with special needs in the least restrictive environment possible. According to IDEA legislation, that means children with special needs should be educated with other typically-developing children, and they should be educated in a setting as close to the regular classroom as possible.
“Batavia Public Schools is accountable for ensuring that all of its programs, regulations, and procedures are in compliance with the IDEA,” said Dr. Jack Barshinger, Superintendent. “With the introduction of this blended program, we will bring the district into compliance by providing opportunities for our special education students to learn with their typically-developing peers in an environment that promotes language, literacy, communication and social skills.”
For more than 30 years, the BPS101 early childhood education program has helped preschoolers with special needs to receive a solid educational foundation. When launched, the inclusive program will incorporate best practices from special and general education, introduce activities for blended classrooms and improve the early education experience for typically-developing children as well as children with special needs.
“While compliance with IDEA mandates is the impetus behind this offering, the new program also aligns with the district’s long-standing interest in serving the needs of all children and ensuring that they have the opportunity to succeed,” Dr. Barshinger said.
The program will offer half-day options at rates comparable to similar pre-school programs in the area. A three-day per week option is available to three-year olds, with attendance on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 9:00 am to 11:30 am. Four-year olds will attend afternoon classes from 12:40 pm to 3:10 pm on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. Tuition ranges from $190 per month for the three-year old program and $225 per month for the four-year old program.
“We are pleased to offer this opportunity to families in the Batavia community,” said Jessica Nicholson, Director of Student Services. “Parents can be assured that their children will be receiving high-quality programming through Batavia Public Schools that meets their children’s social, emotional and educational needs.”
The Batavia Early Childhood Center is located at Alice Gustafson School on 905 Carlisle Road in Batavia, Illinois. For more information on the new program, contact Cindy Rodriguez at 630-937-8009.