Purpose/Philosophy of the Preschool Program
The Bedford Public Schools offer integrated preschool classes to children between the ages of three and five who require special education programming. Typically developing, neighborhood children are also enrolled in the preschool programs to ensure integrated classrooms with strong, appropriate peer models.
All preschool classrooms provide rich, language-based curriculum with a multi-sensory, developmental approach to teaching. The curriculum encompasses a “Total Development” model to ensure that children develop their cognitive, gross motor, fine motor, social, emotional and language skills. There is a strong commitment to helping children develop self-respect, positive peer relationships, self-control and friendships based on mutual respect.
Each child’s unique learning style is respected and nourished. The preschool special education teachers provide a relaxed but structured approach to teaching and offer lessons and activities that align with the Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks.
The preschool staff consists of the Early Childhood Coordinator, certified special educators, instructional aides, speech and language pathologists, occupational therapists, C.O.T.A.s (Certified Occupational Therapist Assistants), Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBA) and a physical therapist, as needed.