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ECE Vision & Mission

Our Vision

All Deaf children and their families have the right to both home and school environments that foster:
  • rich language and cultural exposure
  • positive social interactions
  • critical thinking and literacy experiences
  • respect and appreciation for human differences
These elements contribute to, and promote, the development of early foundation skills needed to succeed in life.


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The Early Childhood Education Department provides a visually accessible environment focused on the needs of Deaf children which is inclusive and welcoming of all.  Our Bilingual (ASL/English) Approach supports literacy and fosters critical thinking skills.  ASL and English Role Models and peers ensure that children develop a strong sense of self-identity.  Play-based learning experiences are an integral part of our curriculum to help our children develop their social– emotional and cognitive skills as they learn about each other and the world around them.  Our family-centered approach builds on each family’s strengths and provides them with the support and resources to enhance their child’s development and learning.  Our ECE community is dedicated to integrating an anti-bias perspective into our daily practice by providing an environment where we teach, model and experience respect for human differences.


  • Language Development
  • Social-Emotional Learning
  • Family Involvement
  • Anti-Bias Education