Special Needs Preschool
February 2, 2017
During the past few days, you have seen and heard rumors about the future of the Early Childhood Center. No decision has been made to close the program.
For the past twenty-five years, the staff in the ECC has done an exceptional job. However, the cost of the program has resulted in a multi-million dollar loss.
We hope that the teachers’ union will promptly join us in addressing the cost of the Early Childhood Center (ECC) staff compensation, which is substantially above that of comparable schools and the significant primary reason for the program’s on-going financial problems.
This does not impact the School for the Deaf program. This program will continue as is.
We are hopeful the union will work with us.
Michael F. Killian
President & CEO
Mill Neck Manor Early Childhood Center
Class size ranges from eight to 15 children with three staff members per class. All teachers are New York State certified in special education and regular education. All Teacher Assistants are certified as such.
The Early Childhood Center offers integrated pre-school classes which include communication and language delayed three and four year-olds with their typically developing peers.
The integrated classes are offered to parents of typically developing children in the local community and to parents of children with special needs who qualify through their school districts. The classes allow the special needs students to learn, play and socialize with typically developing children their age. All of the children benefit from the lessons, activities, friendships and small class size that the program provides.
The Early Childhood Center offers full evaluations for pre-school children suspected of having communication needs. This includes:
- Speech/language evaluation
- Educational and Psychological evaluations
- Audiological evaluation
- Occupational Therapy and Physical Therapy evaluations
If you would like more information about Mill Neck’s Early Childhood Center, please call 516-922-4100.