Preschool Learning Experience
The PRESCHOOL LEARNING EXPERIENCE (PLE) program is located in Middletown, New York, at the George Robinson Center for Child Development and in New Windsor, New York, on the grounds of the Mt. St. Joseph campus. This program is available to all children between the ages of 2½ and 4 years.

The PLE program is an integrated preschool program for both typically developing and developmentally delayed children. The preschool program for children with developmental disabilities offers both full-day and half-day sessions depending on the needs of the child. The integrated preschool component offers only a half-day session.

The New Windsor center offers 10 self-contained special education classrooms winslow_09and 2 integrated classrooms. The Middletown center offers 9 full-day and 2 half-day self-contained special education classrooms and 1 integrated classroom.

Classroom sizes are limited to between 9 and 12 children. Each class has 1 teacher and up to 4 teachers' aides. If required by the child's Individual Education Plan (IEP), a one-on-one aide is provided as well. Dually licensed teachers in both early childhood education and special education teach all integrated classrooms.

The children who are enrolled in the preschool program as preschoolers with a disability receive any or all of the following services:

  • Full time Registered Nurse on premises
  • Speech Therapy
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Physical Therapy
  • Music
  • Adaptive Physical Education
  • Play Therapy
  • Counseling

Each child referred by his/her school district of origin comes to the preschool program with an Individualized Education Plan (IEP). This plan states what goals and objectives the classroom and related service staff must address throughout the school year. As the child progresses throughout the year, progress is noted and the IEP may be updated as necessary.

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Eligibility

All typically developing children between the ages of 2½ and 4 years are able to attend the half-day integrated preschool program. Parents are required to complete an intake packet and submit it with a registration fee, a completed physical, immunization record, and 2 week's tuition. Children need not be toilet trained to attend the preschool program.

Any child between the ages of 2½ and 4 years who has had a formal evaluation and had a program recommended through his/her home school district may attend an integrated or non-integrated preschool class. The child must have an Individual Education Plan (IEP), completed physical and immunization records, and completed transportation sheets in order to begin the program. If the child is classified as a "preschooler with a disability" there is no fee to the parents and transportation to and from the center is provided.

In order for the preschooler with a disability to receive any related services (e.g., speech, OT, PT, play therapy), the child's IEP must state the required amount of the therapy and must be accompanied by a completed evaluation in the area needing therapy, and, if necessary, a doctor's order.

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Program Philosophy

The Preschool Learning Experience program is dedicated to providing comprehensive special education and early childhood education to those children who attend our program.

This program is designed to work closely with the parent and other caretakers in order to support each family's child to grow to his/her fullest potential in all areas of development. It is our aim to nurture a positive self-image and lay the foundation for a realistic opportunity at succeeding in life. We encourage parental and caregiver involvement so that each family will be able to provide their child with the necessary "carry-over" skills which will increase their learning. Our program also offers an opportunity for parents to share with each other specific problems and their solutions.

Our program philosophy encourages children to learn through their own active involvement with the world around them. "Hands on" experience, making choices, manipulating, exploring, practicing, and experimenting with people, materials, and ideas -- all these support and promote learning for all children. We seek to provide a variety of growth experiences through music, art, computers, one-to-one assistance, small groups, occupational therapy, physical and speech therapies. Learning opportunities are abundant anywhere children are interacting with each other and staff members.

The Preschool Learning Experience program reflects a learning environment in which teachers, and/or therapists challenge the child's physical and intellectual development with carefully selected and individually prepared curriculum and materials. Our integrated classes are designed to ensure the best atmosphere for every child as they come together at different levels to learn side by side and from each other.


Additional Services
In addition to the 2 centers that offer preschool services, the PLE program also offers SEIT (Special Education Itinerant Services) and Related/Itinerant services.

SEIT services are requested when a preschool child completes the formal evaluation process through his/her school district and is then recommended to receive special education services anywhere from 2 hours a week to 20 hours a week. Itinerant services are usually recommended to be delivered in the child's home or while the child is attending a community day care or nursery school. A special education teacher goes to either to the child's home or to the daycare or nursery school where the child is enrolled and delivers the required amount of special education services.

Related/Itinerant services are requested when a preschool child completes the formal evaluation process through his/her school district and is then recommended to receive one or more of the following: speech therapy, occupational therapy, physical therapy, play therapy, services for the visually impaired, or mobility services. These services may be requested to be delivered in the child's home, in the child's day care/nursery school setting or the parents may choose to bring the child to one of our centers.



Click below for school calendar/closings:
GRC/NW Preschool & EI - July 2013-June 2014: 2013_2014_School_Calendar.doc


For more information on our New Windsor or Middletown Preschools please contact Director of Education, Beth Laub at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or call her at (845) 564-1855 ext. 1413