The KSD Early Childhood Center (ECC), believes that children who are deaf or hard-of-hearing and their families have the right to services that provide early language acquisition. We recognize that FAMILIES are our children's first teachers and that we (school and families) are partners in early education. The ECC emphasize a bilingual education in which acquisition of both the American Sign Language and English language is fostered.
The child will develop:
The Early Childhood Center utilizes a developmentally appropriate curriculum to serve the age span of children within each group and with respect to different needs, interests, and developmental levels of those individual children. Our program is based on the High/Scope Curriculum, which effectively combines sound educational theory with developmentally appropriate experiences. The cornerstone of High/Scope's early childhood curriculum is active learning composed of personal, hands-on experiences. The curriculum is designed to promote the development of physical, social, emotional, and cognitive skills. A bilingual communication in education is used based on the model from the Center on ASL and English Bilingual Education and Research for the acquisition of both American Sign Language and English. Assessment procedures are based on the Child Observation Record (COR) from High/Scope, bilingual checklists, and literacy and communication observations.
Kansas School for the Deaf
Peer Model Program
We are excited to announce that interested families may apply for their hearing child’s enrollment in our Early Childhood program as a peer model. Our program offers a developmentally appropriate and bilingual early childhood program for children who are deaf or hard-of-hearing. We believe that children learn from other children as well as from adults.
The inclusion of early childhood peers who are hearing benefits both groups. Children who are deaf or hard-of-hearing are exposed to additional spoken language. Children who are hearing are exposed to additional American Sign Language. Peer models will also learn and gain their own preschool skills while in our Early Childhood program. The classroom ratio is four deaf/hard-of-hearing children to one hearing peer.
Peer models are also selected by the following criteria:
If you are interested, please contact Elementary/Early Childhood Principal, Petra M. Horn-Marsh, PhD, via email firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone 913-791-0520.