Questions and Answers
- What is an IEP?
- Why should I keep my special needs child at the Family Learning Center or start him/her there?
- What can the Family Learning Center tell me to reassure me that my child can stay there?
- What is open enrollment? How does it apply to children with special needs?
- Can you comment on the credentials of the teachers at the Family Learning Center?
- How would you describe the FLC in terms of the facility, equipment and accommodations for special need and typical students?
- How does the FLC prepare its students for success in K-12?
IEP stands for Individualized Education Program (IEP). The IEP is a critical document for children with special needs that outlines the services the child will receive. IEPs must be reviewed and updated on an annual basis to ensure that your child’s needs are being met. An IEP includes a child’s present level of performance (PLOP) which sets forth the child’s current skills. From this information, the team determines what goals will be established for the child and the services that will be provided to help the child meet these goals in the coming year. Parent input is extremely important during the process of developing a child’s IEP. Parents are required members of the IEP team. Other team members include teachers, therapists and administrators. Input from all team members must be considered.
The FLC was originally founded to be the preschool facility for children with special needs located in Tiffin, Ohio. The FLC is fully-equipped with quality technology. For students already enrolled at FLC, the caring staff is qualified and familiar with your child and your family. Change is difficult for preschool students, especially those with special needs. Other preschools may not function at the high level you have come to expect. Typically developing students may benefit from the special attention and therapies available at the FLC. For new students, it has been our experience that new students are assimilated into the Family Learning Center quickly and easily. They benefit from highly trained and caring staff members who go the extra mile to help families as children transition from early intervention to preschool programming.
The FLC staff will work with families needing assistance and support regarding their child’s programming. The FLC staff will also provide referrals for parents who seek assistance with advocacy.
“Inter-district” open enrollment allows students from adjacent or other school districts to attend a school in the district even though those students do not live in the district. Preschool students with disabilities are eligible for open enrollment because they are eligible to attend school pursuant to ORC 3313.64.
The FLC is staffed by highly qualified teachers who are well-versed in research-based instruction. They know their students and their families, communicate well and follow the guidelines established in each child’s IEP. If you have questions regarding specific types of research-based instruction that are used at FLC, or about the credentials of any of our staff members, we invite you to contact us. We are proud of our staff and welcome the opportunity to share information with you.
6. How would you describe the FLC in terms of the facility, equipment and accommodations for special need and typical students?
Here is what you should know:
- The entire facility is handicapped accessible.
- Several locations have push-button entry.
- Playground meets all licensing specifications.
- Classrooms have two exit doors.
- There are preschool-sized bathrooms in every classroom.
- You will find extensive adaptive equipment—seating, bicycles, swings, communications devices and more.
The FLC has a well-trained and seasoned staff with an average tenure of more than 10 years. Instructional programs are based on the philosophy that all children learn best from hands-on experience, modeling others and exploring the world around them. We include language, large and small motor, cognitive, social and self-help skills into our curriculum. We also offer physical, occupational, speech and language therapy as well as vision and hearing therapy services based on your child’s needs. Finally, our staff members are very familiar with the kindergarten curriculum and are always focused on making sure children enter kindergarten with the skills needed for success.
“We sent two of our boys there so we had six years of experience at the Family Learning Center. Our first son was born severely handicapped and we first got involved with the Help Me Grow program which initially got us into the Family Learning Center. The education, knowledge and support helped us a great amount for both our kids.”