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Willard Early Childhood Education (ECE) Program

Early Childhood Education (ECE) Overview


Early Childhood Education (ECE) at Indiana School for the Deaf includes our Early Start Toddlers, Preschool and Pre-Kindergarten programs. These programs cater to children 18 months to 5 years of age. 


The Early Childhood Education (ECE) program offers a creative curriculum with a project approach. The ECE program is inspired by the Reggio Emilia approach. Children in the ECE program develop problem-solving and social skills as they discover their own interests in a self-guided and supportive environment.


The ECE program offers events for ECE students and their families outside of the school setting. These events are offered two Fridays out of the month and typically last for a duration of 1 to 2 hours. The following activities are currently available to all ECE families: 


Community Outings

Community outings include playgroups and meet-ups for children in the ECE program and their families. These events are usually held in the afternoons and provide adults and children with the opportunity to meet in a public place outside of the school or home environment. These outings allow families to see how their young learner interacts with his or her peers. Community outings also allow parents and guardians to meet and interact as well.


Home visits

The main focus of a home visit is to meet the need(s) of the child. The primary aim of each visit is to assist the child and his or her family with meeting milestones.


In-school workshops

The in-school workshops address a number of topics that are requested by families of ECE students. Previous topics have included: Sign Language, Parent/Guardian Rights, IEP workshops, and transitioning. Child care is provided during each workshop.


*The schedule for upcoming activities will be forth coming.