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

K–12 SPECIAL EDUCATION – THE BIONDI SCHOOL

Biondi Elementary School

  • Grades K – 6
  • Bronx, NY
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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.

Biondi Middle & High School

  • Grades 7 – 12
  • Westchester, NY
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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. 

COMMUNITY SCHOOLS

Community Schools

  • Grades 6 - 8
  • Bronx
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A Holistic Approach to Education

Our Community Schools create an environment where all students are encouraged to strive for excellence in a safe and supportive atmosphere. We help students and their families with challenges that teachers and school administrators don't have the capacity or tools to address – everything from on-site counseling to linkage with food stamps and medical services. Trained Social Workers who are on site at the schools daily integrate focus on academics, social services, and extended learning opportunities to improve student achievement.

RESIDENTIAL TREATMENT CENTER

Residential Treatment Center

  • Ages 12 – 21
  • Westchester, NY
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Focused Support for Those Who Need It the Most

Our Residential Treatment Center provides 24-hour residential care to youth with mental-health challenges, emotional difficulties, developmental disabilities, and challenging behaviors who require intensive therapeutic and educational support. In a therapeutic setting, residents learn effective problem solving and healthy coping skills, so they can return to a less restrictive environment as quickly as possible.

HEAD START PROGRAMS

Head Start Programs

  • Children Ages birth to 5 years
  • Bronx
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Nurturing Creativity & Positive Development

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.

PRESCHOOL SPECIAL EDUCATION SERVICES

Preschool Special Education Services

  • Children Ages 3 to 5 years
  • Bronx, Manhattan & Yonkers
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Targeted Support to Meet Special Needs

Our Preschool Special Education programs make sure that children with special needs and development 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.

UNIVERSAL PRE-K

Universal Pre-Kindergarten Program

  • 4-Year Olds
  • Bronx & Westchester, NY
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Opening New Worlds for Children

Our free Universal Pre-Kindergarten Programs are child-directed, building on the curiosity of the children themselves. 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.

EARLY LEARNING & CHILDCARE SERVICES

Early Learning & Childcare Services

  • Ages 18 Months to 5 Years
  • The Bronx and Westchester
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Expanding Horizons for Young Children

Providing nurturing childcare, our evidence-based educational curriculum is tailored to each child’s learning and development while encouraging growth and creativity in a traditional childcare setting. Breakfast, lunch, and snacks are provided, and fees are sliding scale, based on family income.

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

CHILDREN & FAMILY SERVICES

Strengthening families and individuals in need.

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INTELLECTUAL / DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES SERVICES

Providing housing and supportive services.

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HEALTH & WELLNESS

Fostering physical and mental well-being.

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