Center Based Services

Academy at Red Door is a NYS approved Special Education Preschool who provides exceptional education and therapeutic services for children with developmental disabilities. Typically, our students present with various disabilities, speech/language delays, orthopedic and/or motor impartments, visual impairments and/or significant medical issues. Every child’s Individualized Education Program (IEP) is carefully implemented. We have weekly interdisciplinary meetings with our educational and therapeutic team to monitor the ongoing needs of each student.

Self-Contained Classroom

Academy at Red Door provides educational and therapeutic services to preschoolers with a disability, ages 3-5, in need of self-contained classes in a center-based setting. This program provides services in classes with eight and twelve children. Each class has a certified special educator and two teacher assistants.

Each student’s Individual Education Plan (IEP), along with The New York State Learning Standards and curricula The Creative Curriculum, guide the instructional process.

In addition and depending on the needs of the students and the goals on their IEP, other educational and therapeutic curricula may be used to augment the instructional and intervention process. Additional curricula may include those designed to address the needs of children with autism spectrum disorder as well as those with delays or disabilities in speech-language development, fine and gross motor development as well as concerns related to social and emotional development. Specialized instruction and therapeutic intervention is also available for students with multiple disabilities and health needs.

Positive reinforcement along with redirection and behavioral modeling is used to promote appropriate behavioral development. Classes are designed to reflect the unique and particular goals and attributes of the students assigned to that room, whether the child has particular health issues, is multiply disabled, is challenged by autism spectrum disorder or has other needs and skills.

Integrated Classroom

Academy at Red Door offers the highest-quality early childhood program in a nurturing setting, where children of all abilities can learn and grow together. Our program is licensed, approved and regulated by the New York State Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS). The program is guided by New York State Learning Standards and follows an educational and play-based, language-enriched curriculum. We are pleased to offer:

An Integrated Method. Each child’s unique strengths and opportunities for growth are supported through play-based and developmentally appropriate activities. We support preschool children of all abilities. Led by a caring and professional team of certified special education teachers and teaching assistants, we offer integrated classes with 18 students.

A Superior Team. We take pride in inspiring children to explore and learn, with the very best educational supports. All of our teachers and related service staff members are NYS Certified. The preschool integrated classrooms have a 18:2:1 ratio [18 students (10 children without developmental delays and 8 children with developmental delays), 1 Special Education Teacher, 1 general education teacher and 1 teacher assistants. In addition to the classroom staff, each class is supported by a therapeutic team dedicated to speech and language, occupational therapy, physical therapy and play therapy.