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Integrated Preschool

For children from 30 months – 4 years

Centennial Infant and Child Centre’s integrated half-day program emphasizes individual planning in an enriched, structured and nurturing environment. Children with special needs and those who are typically developing come together in an educational setting and learn from one another. The curriculum supports each child’s development and prepares them for kindergarten.

What We Do

  • Teach young children using a low staff to child ratio
  • Integrate physio, occupational, and speech therapy strategies into preschool activities, encouraging all children to grow in all areas of development
  • Create a comprehensive Individual Program Plan (IPP) for each child in consultation with family and therapists
  • Guide parents to become strong advocates for their child
  • Support families with workshops, education, and a strong school community
  • Help parents access and coordinate with other services 
  • Assist parents to navigate the school system as their child transitions into Kindergarten
  • Provide employment for young adults with developmental challenges

What the Children Learn

  • An understanding of themselves, their families, and the people around them
  • Cognitive concepts such as colours, size, sequences, numbers, letters, and shapes
  • Events in the greater world, such as seasonal changes, holidays, and community events
  • Gross motor skills through daily gym activities
  • Rhythm and movement in a daily music circle and weekly dance program
  • Activities to promote fine motor development 
  • Sensory play and art
  • Social and imaginative play
  • Kindergarten readiness skills

Who Guides the Children

  • Seven child development experts with additional teacher training in Early Childhood Education and Special Education
  • Trained adult volunteers, supervised by the teacher, who work one on one with children needing this support
  • University and College students preparing to work in the Early Intervention and Education sectors
  • An Occupational Therapist, a Physiotherapist, and an Early Abilities Speech-Language Pathologist and a Communications Disorders Assistant

Physiotherapist

  • Contributes to Individualized Program Plan, creating specialized PT strategies and activities to be integrated into the school day for children who need this support
  • Provides information to teachers and parents on activities to build large muscle development, advice on feet and appropriate footwear, and information on safety while on stairs, in the classroom and at home
  • Coordinates the gym program, including running weekly gym class for all children
  • Assesses the child, provides reports with recommendations, and reassesses at timely intervals based on child’s progress
  • Gives suggestions to parents if further assessment/therapy is required outside of Centennial Infant and Child Centre
  • Assists families in securing additional support such as Wheel-Trans or at home equipment

Occupational Therapist

  • Contributes to Individualized Program Plan, creating specialized OT, sensory, and feeding strategies and activities to be integrated into the school day for children who need this support
  • Provides information to teachers and parents on positioning, hand skills, feeding, sensory concerns, and resources available outside of school
  • Assesses child, provides reports with recommendations, and reassesses based on child’s progress
  • Gives suggestions to parents if further assessment/therapy is required outside of CICC

Speech-Language Pathologist and Communicative Disorders Assistant

  • Service provided by Early Abilities through Surrey Place Centre
  • Contribute to Individualized Program Plan, creating specialized communication strategies and activities to be integrated into the school day for children who need this support
  • Provide information for all families on communication strategies and speech concerns
  • Assess child, provide reports with recommendations, and reassess based on child’s progress
  • Work 1:1 with children for blocks of direct speech and communication therapy for children for whom this is appropriate
  • Give suggestions to parents if further assessment/therapy is required outside of CICC

Hours & Fees for the School Year

September 2023-June 2024

Morning Program

Hours

Monday – Friday
9:15am – 11:45am

Fees

$318.94 per month

Afternoon Program

Hours

Monday – Thursday
1:15pm – 3:45pm

Fees

$269.33 per month

Government subsidies available www.toronto.ca/children.

* The Integrated Preschool follows Toronto’s public-school system holiday schedule.

Admission to the School

To Refer by Phone, call:
Racquel Manzano – Managing Supervisor, Preschool Programs
416.935.0200 x 261

Complete the Preschool Program Request Form below and send to Stephanie Desravines via:
Email:
rmanzano@cicc.on.ca
Fax: 416.935.0300
Mail Attn: Racquel Manzano
Centennial Infant and Child Centre
1580 Yonge Street
Toronto M4T 1Z8

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