Interdisciplinary Center-Child is a preschool for young children with disabilities. The school got its start in 1986. In 1994, ICCD received a grant to develop a Special Class in an Integrated Setting (SCIS). The school is now considered a leader in integrated programming.
The child-centered program is considered innovative for preschool educational programs. All the classrooms are self-contained and broken into sections that are each fully equipped learning centers.
Services offered for preschoolers and their families include:
- Nursery school
- SCIS classes
- Self-contained special ed classrooms
- Clinical and therapy services
- Multidisciplinary evaluations
- Universal Pre-K
The developmentally-appropriate curriculum follows all of New York state’s educational requirements including small group sizes, nurturing preschool environment, early childhood certified teachers, parent support groups, state-of-the-art classrooms with computers, outdoor playgrounds, indoor gym space, field trips, music and art instruction, and movement training.
Clinical services include physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, counseling, consultation, and nursing services. The staff are multi-lingual social workers that care about the children they serve. Each child is given an IEP and many children see a therapist one on one while others share in small groups. Staff consists of teachers, psychologists, therapists, social workers, and the support staff.
Interdisciplinary Center-Child’s UPK is free to parents. The Universal Pre-K program was the first to be issued a contract in New York City. The staff have honed the program to its finest and it still continues to deliver quality services today. ICCD is located in Flushing, Queens.