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New program available for special needs preschoolers

— The program is important, the executive director said, because in the past, students with a higher level of needs were forced to travel long distances to be accommodated. Students from Ticonderoga, for instance, were forced to commute to Queensbury.

The program’s teaching philosophy is based around the idea that both learning and being a child need to fun, according to Carter.

“Children learn without knowing that they’re learning,” Carter said. “I’m not going to sit down and say you need to write your name 15 times. But I might say when you come into the room, don’t forget to sign your name so we know you’re here.”

That way, for instance, children at least attempt to write their name on a daily basis. The program will try to cater to the interests of the kids, and “teach them within that interest,” she said.

Typically developed children will be able to stay from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Those with special needs are scheduled to stay from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

All teachers in this program will be certified in special education and early childhood education.

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