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Barclay Early Childhood Center Q & A

March 14, 2020

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Photos and Videos by Nafessa Jaigirdar

Q: What is the Barclay Early Childhood Center?

A: The Barclay Early Childhood Program is a comprehensive preschool that services both typically developing and special needs children, ranging in ages from three to five years old. The goal of our program is to provide our students with an exceptional early childhood learning experience.

Q: How many students are in the program?

A: The program services over 350 children, 40% of which are children with special needs.

Q: How are students placed in the program?

A: Our children with special needs are placed in the program through identification, evaluation, and eligibility procedures. Typically developing children (children without special needs) are placed in the program through an application and lottery procedure that begins in February and ends in March of each year.

Q: How do classes work?

A: Our highly trained teaching staff involves the children in numerous activities that focus on developing the following areas: sensory integration, fine and gross motor skills, social skills, cognitive abilities as well as language skills. Teachers and specialists utilize a multi-sensory approach when teaching concepts and skills. Many of our classes also utilize quiet time, circle time (in which students get together to sing songs, read books; the activity changes depending on the day), library time, and recess.

Q: How are teachers and aides prepared for their roles?

A: The teachers at the Barclay Early Childhood Center are NJ State Certified and hold both regular and special education certifications. Our Child Study Team includes a social worker, a learning disabilities consultant, and a psychologist. The teaching staff and specialists, along with the Child Study Team, work as a cohesive team, to best meet the needs of our children.

Q: What is Barclay doing to honor Autism Awareness Month?

A: If you look at the photos in the gallery below, you will notice a set of puzzle pieces taped on the walls. Throughout the month of April, we had faculty and staff members donate to Autism Awareness Organizations. The puzzle pieces are representative of the donations.

IMG_7762 copy from Sonia Kim on Vimeo.

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