EDUCATION & EARLY CHILDHOOD SERVICES

Caring Support for a Bright Future

Students from preschool through high school flourish in education programs tailored to meet the individual needs of children and their families. Each child’s learning style, personality, strengths, and challenges are matched with developmentally appropriate teaching that adapts to their personal needs — setting a positive course to a bright future.

 

Programs That Promise Success

BIONDI SPECIAL EDUCATION CENTER (K-12)

Elementary (K-6)

  • Grades K-6
  • Yonkers
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Helping Struggling Students Learn

At Biondi Elementary, children with emotional disorders, learning disabilities, and other challenges who were falling behind or not receiving the support they needed have the chance to learn skills to succeed in the classroom – and the world around them. With support from teachers in classrooms no larger than 12 students per class, students learn to improve their self-esteem and build academic skills

Middle & High (7-12)

  • Grades 7-12
  • Yonkers
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Enriching Programs That Build Skills

The Biondi Middle and High School provides educational and therapeutic support to both residential and day students who have behavioral and emotional challenges, learning disabilities, or intellectual/developmental disabilities. We help our students overcome severe academic deficits and complete high school, prepared with the academic and vocational tools they need to enter college and career.

School Leadership

  • Rising Ground Superintendent of Schools
  • Biondi Principals
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Experience and expertise, dedicated to your child’s success!

The leadership of the Biondi Education Center brings decades of experience and commitment to helping children and teens overcome challenges to learn, grow, and progress toward positive futures. Hear from them!

Admissions & Referrals

  • Parents & CSEs
  • Enrolling at Biondi
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Admissions & Referrals

The Biondi Education Center specializes in supporting students with learning disabilities, emotional disorders, autism, and/or other health impairments, in accordance with each student’s Individual Education Program (IEP). We work with parents, Committees on Special Education, and NYC’s Central Based Support Team to make sure students are in the right environment and receiving the supports they need to succeed.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Who attends Biondi?
  • What is the Biondi experience?
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Frequently Asked Questions

At the Biondi Education Center, students with learning disabilities, emotional disorders, autism, and/or other health impairments are surrounded with the academic and therapeutic support they need. Learn more about the Biondi experience.

SPECIAL EDUCATION & UPK PRESCHOOLS

Ames Center (Yonkers)

  • Children 3-4
  • Yonkers
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Opening Doors to your Child’s Future

The Ames Center in Yonkers offers standard, special education, and integrated preschool classes to children to learn and grow. Creative exploration and access to a rich array of learning opportunities give them pre-literacy skills and solid self-esteem. Children have the option to participate in our extended day program, which is offered on a sliding scale fee based on family income.

Brownell School (Bronx)

  • Children 3-4
  • The Bronx
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Overcoming Challenges to Reach Developmental Goals

The Brownell School in the Bronx offers special education preschool classes that make sure that children with special needs and developmental delays get the opportunity to learn and thrive in an environment that meets their needs. In both integrated and specialized classes, we help children progress toward their developmental goals through play, individual instruction time, and classroom activities. Occupational, physical, and speech therapy, as well as counseling are also provided.

Children’s Learning Center (Manhattan)

  • Children Ages 3-4
  • Manhattan
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Targeted Support to Meet Special Needs

The Children’s Learning Center in upper Manhattan offers special education preschool classes that make sure that children with special needs and developmental delays get the opportunity to learn and thrive in an environment that meets their needs. In both integrated and specialized classes, we help children progress toward their developmental goals through play, individual instruction time, and classroom activities. Occupational, physical, and speech therapy, as well as counseling are also provided.

HOME VISITING EARLY CHILDHOOD PROGRAMS

ParentChild+

  • Children Ages 18 Months to 4 years
  • Bronx & Brooklyn
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Helping Parents Nurture Their Children’s Success

Our ParentChild+ program empowers parents to be their children’s first and most important teacher! We bring free books and educational toys to the homes of low-income parents and help them make play a learning experience. Our home visitors show parents ways to incorporate teaching about shapes, colors, numbers, and more.

Early Head Start

  • Before Birth to 3
  • Bronx
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Nurturing Creativity & Positive Development

Early Head Start bridges the achievement gap, so children from low-income families can start school with a solid educational foundation. We help their parents with parenting classes and access to services the family needs - from food stamps to ESL classes, from job training or healthcare.

Our early childhood programs are fully licensed and accredited by National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) Middle States Association, respectively.

PRESCHOOL SPECIAL EDUCATION SERVICES

Improving Learning with an iPad

In a Brownell School classroom full of chatter and activity, four-year-old Kristopher, who is on the autism spectrum, had difficulty sticking with one activity. This hampered his social, emotional, and academic growth. When staff saw research showing how iPad activities engage children on the autism spectrum, they brought their own iPads into their classrooms. With one in his hands, Kristopher is able to sit still and focus. Under the guidance of his teachers, he is using it to develop learning skills and now, even when he is distracted, he quickly returns his attention to the iPad. With funding from donors, Rising Ground furnishes iPads to help children like Kristopher communicate more easily and begin to work independently.

KRISTOPHER’S TEACHER IN HER OWN WORDS

652

children in our early childhood programs

118

youth receive 24-hour support at our Residential Treatment Center

40%

of our special ed preschoolers need fewer or no services when they advance to Kindergarten

Support Education & Early Childhood Services

Our Other Service Areas

FAMILY STABILITY

Strengthening families and individuals in need.

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YOUTH DEVELOPMENT

Providing housing and supportive services.

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HEALTH & COMMUNITY SUPPORTS

Fostering physical and mental well-being.

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