Kelly Ann Clark
Student Services Coordinator
About Soundbridge Early Learning Center
The Soundbridge Early Learning Center (ELC) is a unique preschool accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children for children ages 3, 4, and 5. The ELC has two roles. It provides an enriched private preschool experience for typically-developing children from nearby communities. It also provides an educationally appropriate public preschool experience for children who have hearing loss and are learning spoken language.
We are committed to providing an environment that fosters optimal development of each child's communicative competence and confidence in his or her learning abilities, as well as fostering age-appropriate physical, social-emotional, self-help, and readiness abilities. In the CREC Early Learning Center, children have the opportunity to grow and learn alongside peers who have special needs, as well as special strengths. We believe that young children who learn to respect, understand, and accept individual difference and diversity are quite likely to grow into adults who do the same.
Each class is jointly taught by an early childhood instructor, a teacher of the hearing-impaired, and two assistant early childhood instructors. The number of typically-developing children is limited to eight to 10 children for each class, with a maximum of eight children with hearing loss. Our favorable teacher-to-child ratio is essential for the amount of individualized attention and interaction we provide for each child
The CREC Early Learning Center follows the creative curriculum. The curriculum offers a child-centered approach to learning. The teacher's role in such an environment is to be the facilitator of the child's learning and interacting, keeping in mind each child's interests, needs, and abilities. Teacher thought, care, and time are devoted to creating developmentally appropriate lessons in an enriching environment. The theme and interest of the children transforms the classroom and any game, any art activity, and any conversational exchange, can become a vehicle for learning - and can be adjusted to fit a particular child's needs and abilities at that moment in time. It is the teacher's ingenuity that will attract the children, promote their discoveries and problem-solving, encourage them to interact and talk with each other, and allow them to grow and learn!