Core Learning Program

Core Learning Classroom

At CDS we use core learning techniques to help your child begin their transition from play-based learning into an academic environment by integrating core academic subjects into their everyday tasks and experiences. Our curriculum is taught through large group, small group, and one-on-one interactions. These core academics include Math, Literacy, Social-Emotional, Handwriting, Social Skills, and Science. An example of Core Learning is applying math in learning meal prep – learners bring groceries for the week and learn to prep simple meals for themselves.

Mission Statement

We believe that children of all ages into adulthood thrive in a safe, loving and developmentally-appropriate environment. Our goal is to provide a play-based, developmentally-appropriate environment where typically-developing children can learn and grow alongside children with special needs. We strive to offer high-quality in-house therapies to the children and families enrolled in CDS.

We Believe

  • Play and experiential learning is extremely vital to health, physical, cognitive, social development and growth in children. Children develop knowledge of their world through active interactions with caregivers, peers, materials, and events. Learning proceeds at different rates in each child and within each area. All learning and progress should be recognized and celebrated. We believe in getting messy!

Classroom Management

All our classrooms’ methods are based on Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) methods. Staff members are trained in ABA and use it to ensure productive and positive interactions in the classroom. Peer-mediated instruction is  taught as the method of problem-solving and relationship building between learners. This involves teaching peers without disabilities ways of engaging learners with special needs in positive and meaningful social interactions.


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