San Mateo-Foster City School District
Application Deadline: Until Filled
Pre-School Language and Learning Programs Program Description and Classroom Staff The Language and Learning program (L&L program) is a collaborative classroom-based service provided by an early childhood special education teacher and a speech/language therapist. The program is designed to serve children with language, communication and other mild-to-moderate special education needs, who can benefit from a naturalistic group learning environment and socialization opportunities with other children. Students attend the L&L program two days each week for three hours each day. One of the days has a class size of six, staffed by the early childhood special education teacher and a paraprofessionaL The other day has a class size of nine, staffed by the early childhood special education teacher, the speech and language pathologist and a paraprofessional. The core educational team works collaboratively to ensure that interventions for each student are implemented and generalized throughout each school day. The student to staff ratio is low and affords ample opportunity to provide an intensive educational program for each student. Pullout or individual speech and language therapy is not provided at the L&L program. Parents transport their child and check in with the staff each day during arrival and departure. Parent education will be provided as part of the program. The L&L program shares a site with a general education preschool classroom. Special education staff work collaboratively with general education staff to provide supported inclusive opportunities for L&L students. Curriculum, Methodologies and Instructional Strategies: The Language and Learning program uses a developmentally-based curriculum that focuses on: • Language, communication and speech sound development •Social, play and group learning skills • Pre-academic skills •Fine motor/prewriting skills The curriculum is consistent with the Early Learning Foundations developed by the California Department of Education. In accordance with best practices for working with young children with disabilities, the program uses a wide range of methodologies including TEACCH strategies, picture communication systems, individual/group learning times, and behavior management strategies. Individualized learning opportunities are embedded into daily activities to address specific areas of need while encompassing the child's interests. Speech, language and communication interventions are incorporated into each daily activity. Predictability and routine promote student participation and facilitate the development of independent play and work skills. Ongoing data collection informs decisions regarding each student's individualized education program. Parent teacher conferences and written progress reports are provided to families at least twice per year.