Programs & Services

Clarke’s Jacksonville campus provides a variety of programs and services for children from birth to age 7.

Birth to 3 Programs - It’s Never Too Early to Start

Newborn hearing screening and advances in technology (like digital hearing aids and cochlear implants) are helping children with hearing loss learn to listen and talk at earlier ages than ever before. At Clarke, parents receive the tools and support they need to facilitate their baby’s development and make the most of those important years before preschool. Parents discover how to enrich their baby’s life with meaningful sound and language through personalized family sessions, collaborative services and parent groups. Families learn strategies to support language development through play, speech and listening activities and share experiences and questions with other families in a supportive environment. Our goal is to help parents connect with their child and provide the skills needed to help them grown, learn and reach their full potential.  Clarke is one of two service providers in the Jacksonville area working with Early Steps, our local early intervention system, to provide services for infants and toddlers with hearing loss.

Preschool/Kindergarten - Learning as a Family

During the preschool years, the family continues to be the most influential factor in a child’s life. Families are actively involved in learning through frequent communication, classroom observations, participation in school activities and parent workshops/support groups. Stimulating classroom activities enhance children’s listening, speech, language and pre-literacy skills while fostering their social, emotional, cognitive, physical and creative development. Children engage in creative problem solving, discovery, exploration, reasoning and hands-on activities in a fun, nurturing environment.

Orlando Preschool Program

In January 2017, we were proud to announce the opening of a new preschool classroom, serving children ages two - four in the Orlando/Central Florida region. We are pleased to expand our direct services to reach a wider geography within the state. Housed at the Winter Park Presbyterian Church in Winter Park, FL, the Orlando Preschool Program was made possible in part by funds allocated through the Florida Department of Health and the Florida Department of Education. Learn more about our Preschool Classroom in Orlando.

Summer Program

Designed specifically to mitigate the effects of the learning hiatus during summer break, Clarke Jacksonville’s Summer Program offers an extension of what Clarke does every day during the school year. With very limited options for strictly LSL (listening and spoken language) summer programs, this is a unique opportunity for children to receive structured (and fun!) language and speech lessons at a critical time in their learning journey.

This comprehensive spoken language program is for children:

  • Who are deaf or hard of hearing

  • Who use spoken language as their main form of communication

  • Entering preschool, pre-kindergarten, kindergarten or first grade in the fall

Children who do not attend Clarke or receive Clarke services during the regular school year, and those outside the Jacksonville area are welcome to attend the program as well. Clarke Jacksonville’s Summer Program has served children from all over Florida and across the US.

For more information on the program, tuition and scholarship opportunities, call Clarke Jacksonville at 904.880.9001.

Primary Program - Nurturing Active Learning

Clarke has shaped its primary curriculum with the goal of helping our students become active listeners, learners and speakers. Our students talk, explore, write and report. They make choices, set priorities, and discover what they are interested in, all in the language rich environment that is essential for deaf and hard of hearing children. Students build confidence and a strong foundation for lifelong communication skills and academic success.

Listening and talking are vitally important to literacy. New research shows that reading is a function of the auditory brain, where language is processed – not, as one might expect, a visual process. Children who use spoken language have a much easier time learning to read. Clarke’s strong focus on language and literacy helps students not just to speak well, but to understand what they read and hear, and learn to express themselves fully.