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An Observation Report Of Astor Services For Children And Families

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Observation Report

Astor services for children and families is a preschool located in Bronx, N.Y. The school is conveniently located for majority of parents because the 5 line subway train is close by along with few MTA busses. The center is closed on national holidays during the school year along with vacations during the months February, April, June and December. Astor follows the Board of Education schedule in terms of holiday closings. P.S.15 serves children who are emotionally disturbed from ages three to five years old. The hours of operations are from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. The organization is licensed by the department of Mental Health and Hygiene. . P.S.15 is funded by the state of New York; including the salaries for the teachers and the lunch for the children, clinicians and therapists are paid by Medicaid. Astor is not a mandated school for children ages 3-5, it is the choice of the parents to admit their child to this school. Upon my visit at P.S. 15, I found it to be a warm and friendly environment. The center has a clean and comfortable look with an adequate noise level. When students arrive in the morning, they are welcomed with open arms from staff and warm faces. The staff at this site is very caring and open to help students achieve. Here students are taught to brush their teeth, toilet training is available if a child needs it, and also positive behavior is taught here. Throughout the building there are gates and safe keeping of the building, such as fire extinguishers, fire exits, and appropriate toys for appropriate age groups. There are safety plans posted throughout the building in case of emergencies, there are also lock down procedures in the school that is practiced throughout the year. Over all it is a warm building that keeps children safe and secure. For example, Ms. Jennifer, one of the Ta’s at Astor makes sure she is not left alone with any of the children because of the state’s guidelines. Also in regards to toileting no child is left alone without two teachers present.
Astor’s philosophy is High/Scope with behavior management techniques such as, TCIT and TCI trainings provided to the caregivers. Many students at P.S.15 need therapies such as speech, occupational, and physical therapy depending on what each child’s individualized education program mandates. Astor employs social workers, teachers, teacher assistants, and an individual who handles crisis. Not only does the social worker provide support to the children and staff in the school but also to families of the children who attend Astor. Many of the children might come from homes where extra attention is needed to help the child reach their goals. The school has five class rooms which contain 8-9 children with 1 teacher and 2 teacher assistants. The criteria for hiring teachers are Master’s degree In Early Childhood Education, minor in special education along with teacher certification. The...

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