At the Ben Samuels Children’s Center at Montclair State University, every member of the team is important just as every child and family are seen as unique. Families play a key role by sharing information, asking questions and carrying over strategies at home. On-going communication between home and school is a must! This happens in so many ways including blogs, newsletters and informal contact either by phone, e-mail or in person.
We have two different teams in the Children’s Center:
The classroom team includes the early childhood teacher and teaching assistants also known as paraprofessionals. Families are also part of the classroom team. They participate in classroom events and share information from home that helps to create opportunities for learning in the classroom.
Real Life Story: Read how our classroom team works together to support Joseph’s learning.
The support team includes the special education teachers, speech and language therapists, occupational therapists, physical therapists, music therapists, mental health professionals and administrators. These team members work in the classroom side-by-side with the members of the classroom team such as the teacher and teaching assistants. Classroom and support team members meet regularly to develop learning plans for the class and to set individual goals for children with disabilities. They also discuss and plan for support that some children may need in order to participate.
Real Life Story: Read how the support team plans activities that are based on the interests of the children.