- The philosophy of the program adheres to the belief that language learning forms the cornerstone for later social and scholastic success.
- Children with special needs are placed in a least restrictive environment with typically developing children to serve as role models.
- The curriculum infuses language-enriched activities that cover instruction in all the developmental domains.
- This curriculum is centered on weekly themes that teach developmentally appropriate skills in kindergarten readiness, language, social skills, literacy, gross motor, and fine motor.
- Inherent in the program philosophy is the belief that skills are acquired on a continuum more so then at expected developmental milestones.
- Each child’s skills are evaluated on a continual base, and his/her instruction is individualized to meet their particular needs.
- This provides the opportunity for children to move faster or slower along the continuum, depending on his/her unique learning styles and abilities.
- Activities are designed to introduce and promote new skills, while at the same time modifying them as needed, so the child is successful.
- Aspects of the following curriculum program have been adopted:
The Creative Curriculum for Preschool, 4th Edition ©2002
Diane Trister Dodge, Laura J. Colker, & Cate Heroman
Teaching Strategies, INC., Washington, DC
- The Youngerman Center and Buffalo Hearing and Speech Center collaborate in offering an Integrated Preschool Program for children between the ages of 3 to 5 years.
- The classroom staff consists of a special education teacher, graduate speech language pathology students, and clinical supervisor.
- Hands on activities centered on weekly themes track developmentally appropriate skills in language, gross and fine motor, cognitive, social skills and phonemic awareness for pre-reading skills.
- The class provides opportunities to collaborate with other academic departments on campus for student participation and research including music, literacy, and the use of therapy dogs in promoting language development.
- To enhance skills such as cognitive growth, gross and fine motor skills, socialization, expressive and receptive language, pragmatics, and phonemic awareness.
- The class operates from 8:30-11:15am, five mornings a week during the University Academic Calendar.
- Children enrolled through the Youngerman Center have the option of enrolling for 5, 3 or 2 mornings a week.
- Your child must be between the ages of three and five years for the requested academic school year.
- Your child must turn three years of age by the end of October of the requested academic school year to be eligible.
- Children that are eligible for kindergarten are not eligible for YCPP.
- If your child is accepted, a non refundable deposit of $50.00 is required within 30 days of notification to hold their placement for the requested academic school year. The deposit will be applied toward the tuition.
- Melissa Sidor, Clinic Director (716) 673-3203
- Nicole Piazza, Preschool Coordinator/Clinical Supervisor (716) 673-4676
- Christine Gerber, CPSE Therapy Supervisor/Clinical Supervisor (716) 673-3296
"The Youngerman Center has been a genuine blessing for our son. He has received personalized attention from teachers who really got to know him because of the small class size. They frequently adjust their instruction to his ability to help him reach developmental milestones. Throughout his two years at Youngerman, we've seen tremendous growth in him both socially and developmentally. The teachers support and challenge him in ways that are age-appropriate and fun. Their focus on language and literacy skills has been especially exciting as we watch him develop an interest in reading and recognizing words on his own. Most importantly, he loves his time at school. He races into the classroom every morning, excited to greet his teachers. The people at Youngerman help give students a positive start to their academic careers by making school such an enjoyable experience."