Programs & Services

Clarke’s New York campus provides a variety of programs and services for children from birth to age 5.

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.

Pursuant to New York State Law, Clarke is required to post the following information: The Early Intervention Program (EIP) is a public program for children under the age of 3 who are either suspected of having or at risk for developmental delays or disabilities. Potentially eligible children must be referred to the county program of residence (Growing up healthy 1.800.522.5006) to receive EIP services. EIP is funded by NYS and county governments. All EIP services are provided at no out-of-pocket cost to parents, but health insurance may be accessed for reimbursement for early intervention services provided to eligible children and their families.A child’s eligibility for the program can be determined only by state approved evaluators under contract with NYS and all services must be authorized by the municipality of residence. All approved EIP services a child receives will be identified in collaboration with the parent and the EIOD. The municipality will arrange for service providers, considering the individual needs of the child and family, to deliver services authorized by the municipality. When early intervention services are delivered in childcare settings or community locations that require a fee, the parent is responsible for paying any associated costs. Clarke Schools for Hearing and Speech/NY is approved as a provider of early intervention program services and is under contract with the NYS Department of Health to deliver early intervention services.

Preschool - 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.

Integrated Preschool Program

In addition to our Early Intervention and Preschool classes for children with hearing loss, we are pleased to offer an integrated preschool program comprised of children with and without hearing loss.

Located steps from Carl Schurz Park, Clarke matches the beauty of its neighborhood with a warm, nurturing, and stimulating environment. Children are educated in classrooms with small student to teacher ratios, led by experience teachers, all of whom hold masters degrees. Clarke’s teachers are particularly well trained and experienced in using typical preschool experiences to foster language, independence, social skills and creativity. Set on two levels, the school houses classrooms, a library, a sensory gym, a kitchen for cooking activities, and more. Preschool hours are 8:30am-2:30pm. The summer program runs for 6 weeks. The school year program closely follows the public school calendar.

Click here for more information on our Integrated Preschool Program.