Preschool Programs for Children with Special Needs
Lafayette Learning Center
31 Hazel Street, Morristown, NJ 07960
Dr. Karen Andre, Principal
The Morris School District Lafayette Learning Center Preschool was developed to address the educational and developmental needs of students ages 3-5. It is comprised of three types of classes: inclusive classes that educate both typically and specially developing three and four-year old students; preschool classes for students with Individualized Educational Programs and the need for smaller groups sizes and more individualized programming. Although there may be a waiting list during some points in the year for general education students, there are always openings for students who are classified by our Child Study Team (CST).
The Lafayette Learning Center Preschool is a full day, 5 day a week program for all students. Our full-time staff, all of whom have met highly qualified state standards, includes certified teachers, speech therapists, behavior specialists, occupational therapists, teacher assistants, assistant behavior specialists, and a school nurse. A school social worker is also available on a daily basis, serving as the case manager for most children with identified disabilities.
Please see the attached preschool Child Study Team timelines for evaluation and classification.
Our preschool classes employ the Tools of the Mind (TOM) curriculum, a research-based program endorsed by the NJ Department of Education. The TOM curriculum was designed to enhance student growth in all areas of development, with a special emphasis on fostering self-regulation through the development of students’ attending, remembering, and thinking skills. Students follow a daily schedule which includes many purposeful activities and structured environment designed to foster creativity, imagination, problem-solving, communication, meta-cognition, and the expansion of core understandings and skills. The teachers utilize the Tools of the Mind curriculum and work towards achievement of the NJ Preschool Learning & Expectations: Standards of Quality. If you would like to know more about our Tools of the Mind curriculum – its history, philosophy, activities, staff training, related resources, or samples of play plans, please access the TOM website at Tools of the Mind
We also offer a Comprehensive Application of Behavior Analysis to Schooling (CABAS©) preschool program. This program is a research based, individualized educational program that accelerates student learning. The Accelerated Independent Learner (AIL) classroom is a general education inclusion classroom. The instructional staff includes graduate level students in the Teaching as Applied Behavior Analysis Program at Columbia University. The classroom teacher is a doctoral candidate and the teaching assistant(s) is a masters level student. The program is overseen on a weekly basis by University professors in the program.
If you would like to learn more about this program, please click here
to access the CABAS© brochure in English. Please click here
to access the CABAS© brochure in Spanish.