Our Mission

Clarke provides children who are deaf or hard of hearing with the listening, learning and spoken language skills they need to succeed. Annually, more than 1,200 children and their families benefit from programs and services at our five locations: Boston, Jacksonville, New York City, Northampton and Philadelphia.



Clarke impacts the lives of children and adults through educational and early childhood programs, hearing services, mainstream services, research, curriculum development and the teachers and professionals trained by Clarke who take their special skills to all parts of the world.

Today, the possibilities for children who are deaf or hard of hearing are greater than ever before. We work with families and professionals to ensure that every child has the chance to reach their full potential.

About Our New York Location

Clarke’s New York campus opened in 1999 and serves children from birth to age 5 through early intervention, preschool, mainstreaming, speech and language, and evaluation services. We offer a unique learning environment designed to maximize each child’s development, while building their self-confidence and preparing them for success beyond Clarke. We partner with parents to provide the skills, knowledge and support they need to help their children reach their full potential.

Early Intervention Service Provider

Clarke is approved by New York State as an Early Intervention Service Provider and has contracts with New York City (all 5 Boroughs) and Westchester County to provide early intervention services for children and families.

Our Early Intervention Program is funded and regulated by the New York State Department of Health, in New York City, by the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and in Westchester County, by the Westchester County Department of Health.

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.


Clarke is located on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. The two story school consists of classrooms and therapy rooms as well as an audiology sound booth and a sensory motor gym. Children enjoy recess and outdoor activities at the beautiful Carl Schurz Park, just one block from the school. Classrooms utilize sound field amplification systems and are designed for the unique acoustical needs of children with hearing loss.


Clarke’s New York campus is led by director Meredith L. Berger, MS and an expert staff of teachers of the deaf and speech-language pathologists, all of whom have Masters degrees in their related field.