Welcome to Little Early Childhood Center...Where BIG things happen!
At Little you will find tiny toilets, shortened swings, and step stools beside each sink. With only prekindergarten classrooms, Little is home to over 250 three to five-year old students and their families.
Little provides a quality, caring public education to students with a wide-range of needs. And at Little, these diverse needs are seen as one of our biggest strenghts. It is through our students' differences that they are able to learn invaluable lessons from one another. Lessons such as,
- Walking can occur in many ways - by use of our legs, with hep from a walker, or by sitting in a chair.
- Communicating for some is done through words and for others with help from pictures.
To support the needs of all our students, Little offers a variety of classroom options.
Four classrooms provide support to children identified as "at-risk" and ten classrooms provide support to children with special education needs. All classrooms provide instructions to students in half-day sessions.
The at-risk classrooms provide academic instruction to promote kindergarten readiness skills. Students learn pre-reading, writing and math concepts as well as fundamental social skills needed for building positive relationships. All classes have one teacher and one paraprofessional.
Special Education Classrooms: Self-Contained
All of our special education classrooms are considered 'self-contained'. These rooms offer a small class size with very structured lessons. While these rooms provide instruction to only students with special education needs, multiple opportunitities are provided throughtout the day for students to interact with peers in regular education. These classrooms have one teacher and two paraprofessionals.
While Little has both special education and at-risk classrooms, students from both rooms have multiple opportunities throughout the day to play and learn together. This is accomplished by having each regular education classroom "buddied" with a special education classroom. Students start their morning together with song and dance. They play together at recess and share in special activities and events.
In addition to the classrooms at Little, the school also houses the district's Early Childhood Outcomes (ECO) team. Each year, the ECO team (comprisd of social workers, speech pathologists, psychologists, teachers, nurses, occupational therapists and physical therapists and physical therapists) tests 400+ children referred for possible special education concerns.
Little is a school with a lot going on! It's a place where diversity is welcome and small things are never overlooked.