Infant Class serves children who are blind, visually impaired and multi-disabled, from birth to age three. We encourage parents to contact us as soon as they receive a diagnosis for their child from their doctor or healthcare provider. In fact, we have served infants as young as two months-old! The Infant Class teaches parents or other caregivers how to motivate and encourage their children — to initiate movement, sit and crawl, overcome fear of noises, and be open to new experiences, including feeding skills! What parents learn can be practiced at home building a critical early bond. Infants and parents usually attend classes one or two times a week in a comfortable, encouraging setting.
The Preschool serves children from three to five years-old. We offer comprehensive, individualized education and training in sensory development, orientation and mobility, occupational therapy and early literacy skills, completely free of charge.
The Kindergarten serves children from five to seven years-old. Our curriculum runs in step with LAUSD curriculum and offers comprehensive, individualized education and training in sensory development, orientation and mobility, occupational therapy and early literacy skills. The class is fully inclusive with sighted children represented in nearly equal number as children with a disability. Classes have a ratio of one staff member to five or fewer students and class size is limited to ten students. All services are provided completely free of charge.
Family Support Services wrap around the educational programs at the Blind Children’s Center. Our team of specialists and family workers are experts at navigating the complex medical and educational landscape. It is important to have a support system through the challenges of parenting a child who is blind or visually impaired, and our expert team members are allies as parents and caregivers make their way along a new path.