Clarke Schools for Hearing and Speech wrote -
Clarke’s Jacksonville campus provides a variety of programs and services for children from 0-7
Birth to 3 Program - It’s Never Too Early to Start
Newborn hearing screening and advances in technology (like digital hearing aids and cochlear implants) are helping children with hearing loss learn to listen and talk at an earlier age. At Clarke, parents receive the tools and support they need to make the most of those important years before preschool. Clarke is one of two service providers in the Jacksonville area working with Early Steps, our local early intervention system, to provide services for infants and toddlers with hearing loss.
Preschool/Kindergarten - Learning as a Family
During the preschool years, the family continues to be the most influential factor in a child’s life. Families are actively involved in learning through frequent communication, classroom observations, participation in school activities and parent workshops/support groups. Children engage in creative problem solving, discovery, exploration, reasoning and hands-on activities in a fun, nurturing environment.
Primary Program - Nurturing Active Learning
Clarke has shaped its primary curriculum with the goal of helping our students become active listeners, learners and speakers. Students build confidence and a strong foundation for lifelong communication skills and academic success.
Listening and talking are vitally important to literacy. New research shows that reading is a function of the auditory brain (where language is processed); children who use spoken language have a much easier time learning to read. Clarke’s strong focus on language and literacy helps students speak well and understand what they read and hear.