Center Helps Identify Learning Difficulties

Child Development Center -- Leslie Stratmoen Photo
Child Development Center -- Leslie Stratmoen Photo

A multi-colored building at the bottom of Linden hill in Sheridan that resembles children’s Lego blocks is just what one might think – a center for children.

The facility serves as the main office for the Child Development Center.

Amanda Dube is a preschool teacher there. She said that’s also where her organization works with the baby population, which covers birth to 3 years old. Then their preschool, for 3- to 5-year-olds is on Sheridan Avenue, and they also operate out of another location in Buffalo.

As for what the center offers to the community, she said they provide early education screenings and early intervention and special education services.

The idea, she said, is to identify a child’s abilities as early as possible.

She compared their screenings to well-child check-ups usually offered through a doctor’s office, clarifying that theirs are education based, while a doctor's is medical.

She said they also work with children with all sorts of developmental delays, like those with Down Syndrome or Cerebral Palsy and have specialists on staff to offer support. And the children are integrated with others who are not in the program, which Dube said makes a good mix. She said the preschool is accredited by the National Education Association so provides a program that’s, as she put it, “fully inclusive.”

She said parents of prospective students are always welcome to tour the facility and meet the staff. The center on Linden is open mornings, from 8:30 to noon. The number to call for an appointment is 307-672-6610.

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