SLCD's Preschool Program focuses on providing language-based learning for children to establish the foundation for their educational and social development and prepare them for a world filled with words, sentences, stories and messages. At SLCD, we believe that language is the most important skill a child needs to learn before he or she enters elementary school.  Our 12 month Preschool Program provides educational programming for children who are 2 1/2 to 5 years of age in a 6 hour school day.

SLCD uses a transdisciplinary program model which involves extensive collaboration and joint decision-making.  This approach requires a professional team of educators and therapists to coordinate each child's instructional goals and activities.  SLCD's transdisciplinary model is focused on the development of language and the enhancement of each preschool child's cognitive, social, emotional and motor development.

The Preschool Program offers self-contained classrooms comprised of 12 students, 2 certified special education teachers and 2 teaching assistants as well as an integrated classroom comprised of 15 students, 1 certified special education teacher, 1 certified classroom teacher and 1 teaching assistant.  All classrooms function as language laboratories in which activities are structured to increase social interactions by facilitating communication among peers and teachers.

SLCD's preschool curriculum and instruction are aligned with the New York State Prekindergarten Foundation for the Common Core and the Early Learning guidelines in order to ensure that all students are engaged in meaningful experiences and appropriate learning activities that will prepare them for their elementary academic experiences.  With a thorough understanding of expected learning outcomes outlined in the learning standards, teachers are able to design challenging activities and identify the supports needed for each student to participate in these activities in accordance with his or her IEP.  All lessons and activities are theme-based and designed to develop critical language and academic skills.

The related services provided at Glen Cove include speech-language therapy, occupational therapy, physical therapy, auditory training and counseling services.  These related services are intensive and highly individualized to meet the needs of each student.