Early Education Program
Preparing children who are blind or visually impaired for their next school experience.
Led by a Teacher of the Visually Impaired (TVI), our Early Education Program for children is offered in an integrated setting, where all abilities are represented and opportunities flourish for children to develop self-esteem, social skills and positive feelings towards learning. Our specialized staff ensures that building visual and compensatory skills is at the center of our program. Learning areas include literacy, math and manipulatives, sensory, dramatic play, art, science and technology. Family support and education continue to be vital components of success for children receiving services. Vision Forward’s Early Education Program prepares children with vision loss for a strong transition into school.
EYE Play classroom, for children ages 2-3 years old
Tuesdays and Thursdays; 9:00 – 11:45 am
In this classroom, children will have an opportunity to use their senses to explore a variety of materials, manipulatives, music, movement, nature and dramatic play. Learning occurs through child-centered, hand on activities that are individualized based on each child’s unique learning style, needs and interests. In addition, the classroom focuses on developing positive social-emotional skills to build strong foundations for lifelong learning and independence.
EYE Learn classroom, for children ages 3-6 years old
Monday – Thursday; 9:00 am – 3:30 pm
The focus of this classroom is on school readiness in all areas of a child’s development. Daily living skills are addressed throughout the day to help foster independence. Children will have an opportunity to use their senses to explore a variety of materials, manipulatives, music, movement, nature and dramatic play. Goals are created based on each child’s unique abilities and interests to encourage children to develop to their fullest potential and be ready for school and beyond.
Additional highlights of our Early Education services include:
- Our program has achieved a Youngstar rating of 5 stars!
- Medical based therapies can be integrated into the child’s services.
- Music therapy is incorporated weekly into the curriculum.
- Family events are offered throughout the year, including zoo trips, Betty Brinn Children’s Museum, Pumpkin Patch and additional opportunities to connect with other families who have children with vision loss. Check out our calendar of upcoming events.
- Our staff can assist with transition planning as your child prepares to begin school.
- We accept Wisconsin Shares and offer a sliding fee scale for working families.