AHRC NYC - Esther Ashkenas Central Park Early Learning Center
Principal: Beth Rosenthal
UPDATED: June 7, 2022
Esther Ashkenas Central Park Early Learning Center, located in the Midtown West area of New York City, is a preschool that accepts children, ages 3 to 5 years old, providing individualized educational and therapeutic services to those who have developmental delays such as autism spectrum disorder, (ASD), intellectual disability, (ID), communication disorder, Cerebral Palsy, orthopedic needs, and Down Syndrome. The school has been recognized with the Early Childhood Program Award given by the New York State Education Department Office of School Improvement and Community Services of New York City.
Central Park ELC contains 15 classrooms served by approximately 70 staff. Classes range in size between 6, 8, 10, and 12 students with high levels of support based on students’ learning needs.
At Central Park ELC, the underlying belief is that all children should be adequately challenged, but not overwhelmed in the learning environment. Young learners at Central Park ELC are always approached from the “whole child” perspective. Teachers examine each child’s unique strengths and specific needs. The teachers can provide services and instruction for developmental areas that require support. They encourage a life-long fascination with learning.
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