Early Learning Center
Our family-centered school combines elements of play and early learning to provide students with the skills and socialization that will prepare them for a lifetime of educational experiences.
Our Early Learning Center, for children ages 3 to 6 years old, strives to increase each child’s sense of self confidence and age-appropriate independence skills.
Families are a critical part of each students’ team and a social worker is assigned to each family to facilitate good communication between school and home. Taking a cultural competence approach, Perkins staff work closely with family members to prioritize individualized learning objectives and help parents carry over learning into the home and community settings.
The Early Learning Center is complemented by a team of educators highly experienced and trained in working with children with all forms of vision diversity including blindness, low vision, ocular vision impairment and cortical/cerebral palsy, with or without additional physical and/or developmental disabilities.
Alexandra LaVoie Assistant Education Director
“Perkins’ approach to learning looks different for everyone. The commonality is that we take each moment with every student as a learning opportunity.”
We use a team-based approach to develop individual educational plans for children that incorporate compensatory skill development, multi-sensory instruction and the efficient use of residual vision.
Our work goes beyond the classroom to our campus pool, outdoor play areas and local field trips, where students use hands-on learning and new sensory experiences to engage in the world around them.
We prepare students for academic and functional success, with a special focus on Expanded Core Curriculum skills including:
Our dedicated staff members are knowledgeable about visual impairments and additional disabilities. They include:
Lessons that help students connect with others in a meaningful way, using any form of ‘speech’ that works.