At P.G. Chambers School the high expectations set for all students extend to the early childhood programs. As in other programs, children exhibit a diversity of knowledge based on differences in development, cultural background, and previous learning experiences.
The early childhood programs teach developmental skills through active play. Play allows children to explore their surroundings, learn important social concepts such as turn-taking, express themselves effectively and develop confidence for trying new things and solving problems in a safe, supported environment. The PGCS team of early childhood educators and therapists use child-initiated play to promote appropriate social skills and language modeling when interacting with young children.
Early intervention for infants and toddlers with disabilities and developmental delays, birth through three years of age, has a dual purpose of assisting families in helping their child to improve developmental skills and providing parents with support, information, and education. The state-funded services are delivered through weekly home visits by early childhood specialists and therapists.
P.G. Chambers School also provides group experiences for these families.
Kids Count Child Care is a high quality, inclusive program that provides learning, social, and creative early childhood experiences for typically developing children and children with disabilities and developmental delays. The program for infants and young children, six weeks to five years of age, operates five days per week from 7:30 am to 5:30 pm.
Young children with disabilities, three to five years of age, are enrolled in PGCS when their local school district child study team and their parents decide that PGCS is the most appropriate educational setting to meet their needs. PGCS is an approved Private School placement for young students with disabilities and developmental delays. Classes include special instruction and extra individualized therapy. Children attend half-day sessions to help them develop the play, social, and basic readiness skills that will provide a foundation for future success in school.