Goldman School and Child Development Center
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Early Childhood Education
Goldman School and Childhood Development Center (CDC) is a Class A, Licensed, Four Star Quality Rated Child Development Center for children ages 8 weeks to 5 years old, providing childcare in a structured preschool setting where children with developmental delays are educated alongside their typically developing peers. Goldman School and Child Development Center offers children with and without disabilities the opportunity to grow and learn together in a year-round program.
The center is open Monday through Friday from 6:30 a.m. to 5:45 p.m.
Goldman School & Child Development Center is an inclusive day care that serves children with and without disabilities. Children may start at 8 weeks of age (after their 2 month shots have been given), and attend through the age of 5. We have room for 95 children and have 11 classrooms. Our staff to child ratios are very low: 1:3 for infants, 1:5 for toddlers and twos, and 1:7 for preschoolers.
- 30% - children ages 0-5 with developmental disabilities
- 20% - children ages 0-3 eligible for Highland/Stoner Early Head Start
- 50% - typically developing children ages 0-5
Early Intervention Site
Goldman School's inclusive childcare is a program where children ages birth to three who are eligible for early intervention through the Early Steps system receive their services within the course of their daily routines. These services may include: occupational therapy, physical therapy, speech/language therapy, special instruction, and consultation with child care workers, families, and other providers.
Inclusive educational environments benefit children with and without disabilities. In addition to increased academic performance, research shows that children in inclusive classrooms also: demonstrate increased acceptance and appreciation of diversity; develop better communication and social skills; show greater development in moral and ethical principles; create caring friendships; and demonstrate increased self-esteem.This program is unique in that it provides an opportunity for families who have mutiple children ages 0-5 with and without disabilities to attend the same quality inclusive childcare center. In addition, the experience and educational level of the staff and the low pupil to teacher ratios far exceed minimum standards. Another unique feature is that typically developing children, children with special needs, and children eligible for Early Head Start are all served under one roof. Inclusion has a powerful impact affecting the education, socialization and emotional well-being of a child. The children in the program develop a greater appreciation for each other when learning side by side. For inclusive education testimonials click here.
Weekly Tuition Rate
- $140 per infant
- $130 per toddler through the age of 5
*There is also a registration fee of $100 that is due annually.
Goldman School and Child Development Center was built, at 351 Jordan Street, in 1962. It consisted of three classrooms serving 42 preschoolers on a split day schedule. In 1974, the Infant Intervention Program was initiated to include therapuetic services for children ages birth to three. In 1987, Goldman School and Child Development Center began integrating typically developing children into the program as peer models. This was the first inclusive child development center in the state and it was later replicated throughout Louisiana.
Commitment to Excellence
The staff and administration have a commitment to excellence and service. The teachers at the Goldman School and Child Development Center must possess or be working toward their Child Development Associate (CDA) credential at minimum. Some teachers hold AA or BA degrees and 25 direct care staff collectively represent 200 years experience in working with children with special needs.
Early Head Start
Early Head Start services are provided to infants and toddlers in the Highland/Stoner Hill area through a partnership with Caddo Community Action Agency. Eligible children experience quality early learning in Early Head Start classsrooms or through home visits.