Preschool Special Education and Universal Prekindergarten Services


The Leake & Watts Marion and George Ames Early Childhood Center in Westchester County, the Children's Learning Center in Manhattan, and the Dr. Katharine Dodge Brownell School in the Bronx provide Preschool Special Education Services as well as Universal Prekindergarten Services for typically developing toddlers and preschoolers.

Side by side in integrated classrooms, both typically developing preschoolers and preschoolers with developmental delays and/or disabilities receive educational services.  This unique setting stimulates the creativity and development of all the children.  For children with more significant educational needs, we also offer separate special education classrooms with small class sizes.  Our programs utilize a developmentally appropriate educational curriculum which allows our teachers to incorporate every child’s learning style, personality, strengths and challenges into their lessons and classroom activities.

All services are available to children and families in English and Spanish, and the Dr. Katharine Brownell School is also approved to serve as a “bilingual interim alternate placement” by the New York City Department of Education.

Services and program components include:

  • Early childhood educational curriculum which prepares children for their school years promoting creativity, pre-academic skills, socialization, and independence
  • Integrated classroom model for students with varying abilities
  • Special education classroom model for students with greater needs
  • Bilingual (Spanish) classrooms
  • Multidisciplinary preschool evaluations in the child’s native language
  • Universal Prekindergarten services for four-year-olds
  • Indoor and outdoor play areas
  • Nutritious breakfast, lunch, and snacks
  • Speech Therapy
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Physical Therapy
  • Individual and group counseling
  • New York State Certified Teachers
  • Nursing Services (Yonkers only)
  • Parent support and training

"Without the assistance of the special education teachers at the Children's Learning Center, my daughter would be lost.  I couldn't have helped her on my own because I wouldn't have known how.  But thanks to Leake & Watts, now she is learning how to engage with us and communicate what she needs."
- Rosalyn McClain

For more information about the Ames Center, contact us at 914.375.8820 or earlychildhood@leakeandwatts.org. For information about the Brownell School, contact us at 718.430.7938. For information about the Children's Learning Center, contact us at 646.774.3118.