Elizabeth Seton Children's School

Preschool Special Education

Preschool Special


Elizabeth Seton Children’s School features 12 full-day classrooms for children ages 3 to 5 years living in the community. Referred by their local school districts, students receive educational and therapeutic services according to their Individualized Education Program (IEP). Our curriculum is guided by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).

Eight of our classrooms focus on guided play and discovery with targeted skill-building and individualized adaptations that ensure learning is fully accessible to each child, regardless of their developmental challenges. Another two classrooms focus on social skills and successful engagement. Referred to as our Therapeutic Opportunities for Preschool Students (TOPS) program, these environments have structured daily routines that emphasize children’s self-control using proven strategies developed by our therapeutic and Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) teams. All classrooms have a ratio of 10 children with one teacher and three teacher assistants, which allows for small and large groups and individual learning interventions.

Children with and without special needs learn together in a play-based and enriching environment in our two Special Class in an Integrated Setting (SCIS) classrooms. This curriculum fosters early academic skills and independence in social, language and self-care skills as children prepare for kindergarten. Ratios are 12 children with one teacher and two assistants/aides.

Children’s Place

Because we believe that a child’s early learning is critical for later-on success, our innovative Children’s Place Preschool, which works hand-in-hand with our SCIS program, offers an enriching education for children ages 3 to 5. Through play and a focus on literacy, school readiness and social relationships, we work to prepare each and every student for kindergarten. We offer flexible scheduling and private-pay tuition rates.

Preschool Evaluations

Helping your child reach new heights is an important to us. We offer comprehensive evaluations through the Committee on Preschool Special Education (CPSE). Our core evaluation team, including a school psychologist and social worker, utilize evidence-based assessment methods to gather information on a child’s medical and developmental history, as well as their current intellectual and social milestones. Additional specialists include physical, occupational and speech language therapists, as well as special educators, who conduct specific evaluations as authorized by the school district.

Elizabeth Seton Children’s School partners with local colleges and universities to support continued growth of the education profession. Through our affiliations, future teachers have the opportunity to advance their skills through field observations and student teaching placements. Additionally, educators engage in professional development through research-based projects with institutions of higher learning. Our current partnership with Manhattanville College involves the utilization of technology to enhance the literacy skills of young children.


School-Age Special Education
Early Intervention
Related Therapeutic Services

Do you have any questions?
Please contact us at 1 (833) 63-SETON