Preschool Classroom in Orlando

Clarke Meets Need in Central Florida by Opening Preschool Classroom in Orlando

Clarke Orlando preschoolers

In addition to the various programs and services available at Clarke Jacksonville's campus, Clarke offers a preschool classroom in Orlando, FL to serve more children and their families in this region.

Housed at the Winter Park Presbyterian Church in Winter Park, FL, the classroom serves children ages two - four who have hearing loss and access sound via cochlear implants or hearing aids, and was made possible in part by funds allocated through the Florida Department of Health and the Florida Department of Education.

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Clarke's Preschool Philosophy: Learning as a Family

Like our five locations along the East Coast, Clarke's preschool classroom in Orlando offers state-of-the-art, specialized education for children who are deaf or hard of hearing, with instruction from masters-level teachers of the deaf and daily, individualized auditory therapy from a speech-language pathologist. Our teaching philosophy places an emphasis on the importance of the family's involvement in ensuring success for the Clarke student.

During the preschool years, the family continues to be the most influential factor in a child’s life. Clarke 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.

Clarke Orlando preschoolers

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 children who are deaf or hard of hearing. Students build confidence and a strong foundation for lifelong communication skills and academic success.

Listening and talking are vitally important to literacy. 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.

Other Services

In addition to preschool classes, outpatient Auditory Verbal Therapy services are also available at our satellite location in Orlando.

Learn More

For more information on Clarke Jacksonville’s satellite classroom in Orlando, contact Clarke Jacksonville Co-Director Cynthia Robinson at crobinson@clarkeschools.org or 904.880.9001.