Q: What is Block Institute?
A: Block Institute’s Children’s Services program provides special education services to preschool students with Individualized Education Plans (IEP). If your child has been evaluated and has been mandated a special class setting through the Committee on Preschool Special Education (CPSE), our program may be the right fit for you. We offer the following classroom ratios:
Nine of our 17 classrooms are designated as Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) classrooms. Our classrooms are staffed with dedicated and experienced NYS certified Special Education Teachers, Teaching Assistants, and paraprofessionals. We also provide Speech, Occupational, and Physical Therapies as mandated on each student’s IEP.
Q: What is the daily and yearly schedule?
A: Block Institute provides services on a 12 month, school calendar, including a 6 week summer program, for those students that are mandated an extended school year. Our daily program runs from 8:40-2:10.
Q: How will my child get to school?
A: Your child can be bussed to and from school, or you can transport your child to and from school. Currently, Smart Pic bus company provides our transportation services.
Q: What does my child’s day look like?
A: Every classroom at Block Institute follows a daily schedule. Your child will participate in daily circle time activities, small and large group instruction, and time to learn through play. Your child will also attend special activities and his/her mandated related service sessions that are also embedded in his/her schedule.
Q: What special activities will my child attend at Block Institute?
A: Incorporated into each classroom’s schedule is time at our outdoor playground, the gymnasium, aquatics in our heated pool, and walks outdoors. All outdoor activities are restricted to dry weather that is above 32 degrees.
We also have a pet therapy program called Pals with Paws and a Music Specialist that visits each classroom at scheduled times.
Q: When and how will my child received related services such as Speech, OT, and PT?
A: All of our therapist keep a weekly schedule to serve our students. Your child will be taken from class by the clinicians and services will be provided in their offices or in our sensory gym. The clinicians may also “push in” services which means services will be provided to your child in the classroom setting.
Q: Do you provide food for my child during the school day?
A: Our school has a contract with the NYC School Foods program. Your child will be provided with breakfast and lunch at no charge to you. Please note, we can only accommodate children with minimal to no allergies and those that are not on special or pureed diets. We can provide vegetarian options. If you have any food restrictions, be sure to discuss this with our school nurse during your tour.
Q: Do you allow for parent participation at Block Institute?
A: We offer two official parent/teacher conferences per year. On a daily basis, your child will have a communication notebook where you and the teaching staff will communicate about your child’s progress. You can also reach our teaching staff and clinicians after 2:30 pm if you need to speak with staff. It is best to pre-schedule a time to speak with staff, unless of course, it is an emergency. If you would like to observe your child in his/her classroom, this would need to be pre-arranged with our front office staff.
Q: What should I bring with me to the tour and what should I expect that day?
A: Please bring with you your child’s IFSP or IEP and his/her most recent evaluations. If you have a current physical form completed, please bring that with you as well.
You will be given a tour of the building and then the staff touring you and your child will bring your child into a classroom to see if it’s an appropriate fit to suit your child’s educational needs. He/she will interact with the children and staff in that classroom. You will be allowed to observe. If the staff touring believes we may have a classroom that better suits your child’s needs, he/she will be brought into more than one room. Once a classroom has been decided on, you will then visit our school nurse to proceed with the enrollment process.
Q: How long does the tour last?
Expect to be at our school for approximately 1 ½ hours. Please come on time. If you are late for your appointment, you may be asked to reschedule for another appointment. Also, if you are not able to make your appointment at your schedule day/time, please call in advance to reschedule. You can call 718 906 5400 if you have any issues with your appointment.
Q: When can my child start?
A: Once we have accepted your child into a classroom, it is up to you to ensure that all required paperwork is completed in a timely fashion. Your child cannot start until all paperwork is received. Transportation through the bus company often takes a few days or even up to a few weeks to start, so if you have other accommodations to get your child to school during that time, he/she can start sooner.