Preschool Services (Ages 2.9-5)

Preschool at The Arc of Orange
George Robinson Center (GRC) Preschool in Middletown
Preschool Learning Experience (PLE) in New Windsor

2017-2018 School Calendar

Celebrating Abilities

The Arc of Orange County’s Preschool offers children of all abilities ages 2.9 to 5 years motivating and enjoyable play-based instruction and experiences that encourage skill development and school readiness in a therapeutic environment. The Preschool is an integrated educational program for children who require special services to prepare them for kindergarten. The Arc has two separate sites: the George Robinson Center in Middletown and Stewart Airport in New Windsor

Individualized Education

In collaboration with the Committees on Special Education from local school districts, students in our programs are provided with an Individualized Educational Plan (IEP) based on their evaluation. This plan addresses all developmental and educational goals for the student and delineates the services and supports that will assist the child in achieving those goals. Parents are provided with frequent updates, quarterly progress reports and a complete review of the plan each year.

Program Highlights

  • Spacious fully-equipped classrooms, playgrounds and therapy rooms where children learn basic academic concepts and explore new skills
  • New York State certified and licensed teachers and therapists
  • Experienced school psychologists, social workers, licensed nurses, certified teaching assistants, and classroom aides who have all been cleared through the NYS background screening process
  • Approved by the NYS Department of Education with a curriculum based on NYS Core Curriculum Pre-Kindergarten Learning Standards
  • Structured individualized teaching methods which incorporate positive behavior support techniques as needed
  • Transportation to and from school provided by school districts
  • Parent workshops led by our social workers
  • Field trips to local farms, museums, and parks
  • On-site special events including puppet shows, animal programs, visiting artists, musicians and yoga
  • Adaptive physical education at indoor and outdoor recreational areas, free play on playgrounds
  • Both full-day and half-day sessions are offered depending on the needs of the child
  • Children need not be toilet trained to attend the preschool program.

Related Services

Our team of therapists helps children remediate developmental delays through a variety of specialized therapies including:

  • Occupational Therapy to address fine motor and sensory needs
  • Physical Therapy to develop gross motor skills
  • Speech Therapy to improve communication, articulation and pragmatic language development
  • Counseling to nurture social and emotional growth