Early Childhood Center
The Badavas Parent Infant Program is a specialty services provider for Massachusetts’ Early Intervention that provides support and American Sign Language learning for both the deaf child (0-3) and his or her parents/guardians.
Three and four-year-old children attend a child-centered, full-day preschool program which operates on the belief that knowledge is intuitively sought by children through their own actions and experiences. Home visits are provided on a monthly basis to families.
Five and six-year-olds participate in a full-day kindergarten program which continues to foster child-directed learning opportunities while encouraging further development of skills in areas of communication, literacy, math, science and social studies. Kindergartners may also choose to take gym, library, art and ASL classes.
The Early Childhood Center provides an environment rich in linguistically accessible learning. Our goal is for all children and their parents to learn, use and understand American Sign Language, since early exposure to accessible language is key to the development of future skills.
For hard of hearing children or deaf children with cochlear implants, spoken English is appropriately incorporated into the program. Spoken English classes and activities are designed to meet individual communication needs.
Supportive Services at TLC include speech and language therapy by certified speech pathologists; audiology services such as hearing testing, middle ear status monitoring and minor equipment maintenance; occupational therapy; physical therapy; and consultation by psychologists and social workers.
Our Intensive Program (for all ages in all programs) provides an exceptional learning environment for deaf students with diverse cognitive, language or behavioral needs. The philosophy of the program is based on the importance of the growth and development of the "whole" child whose needs require an exceptionally individualized education. The Learning Center's Intensive Program allows each student to learn at his or her own pace, while fostering the development of all students to their fullest potential.
Parent engagement remains a vital component of our early childhood programs, as parents and caregivers continue to be active participants in playgroups and home visits. We recognize and respect that the most important learning environment for children during their first three years is the one created at home. Our preschool teachers can make home visits to families, and parental observation and participation in the classroom is scheduled on a regular basis. Parents are also invited to attend a weekly support and informational group. Parents are encouraged to visit their child's classroom frequently.