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CHILDRENSSERVICESForoversixtyyearstheQueensCentersforProgressChildrensCenterhasbeenprovidingsuperiorservicestofamiliesinthecommunity.TheChildrensCentersdedicatedandexperiencedstaffprovideschildrenwithawarmandcaringatmospherethatpromoteslearningbolstersself-esteemandimprovessocialskills.Thelargebrightwell-equippedclassroomsandrecreationalareasallowchildrenspacetogrowandourish.TheChildrensCenteroffersanarrayofoptionsforparentsofbothtypicallydevelopingnon-disabledpreschoolersandchildrenwithdisabilities.PRESCHOOLForchildrenagedthreetovewithdisabilitiestheAPPLEAPreschoolProgramforLearningandEnrichmentprogramoffersacomprehensivearrayofeducationalandtherapeuticservicesincludingspeechoccupationalandphysicaltherapycounselingvisionandnursingservices.Specialeducationteachersalongwithcliniciansemphasizecognitivemotorsocialandlanguageskillsdevelopment.Weofferafulldayprogramandbilingualandintegratedclasses.ThemajorityofthechildrenwhoparticipateintheAPPLEProgramwillcontinueontoaninclusionaryenvironmentinthepublicschoolsystem.APPLETREENURSERYSCHOOLQueensCentersforProgressoffersahalf-dayandfull-daynurseryschoolforchildrenfromthecommunity.TheAppleTreeNurserySchoolisaresourceforallparentswhoneedanaffordableandexcellentpreschoolordaycareservice.UNIVERSALPRE-KINDERGARTENPROGRAMOurfreeUniversalPre-Kindergartenprogramforfour-year-oldsisrunincollaborationwiththeNewYorkCityDepartmentofEducation.Itispartofastatewideprogramtopreparechildrenforschoolbygivingthemearlyexperiencesinaclassroomsettingwithstructuredactivities.Italsoprovidesforinteractionbetweendisabledandtypicallydevelopingchildren.Thebenetsofsuchinclusionaryexperiencesfordisabledchildrenhavebeenwelldocumented.Childrenwhoaretypicallydevelopinggetachanceearlyinlifetointeractwiththosewhohavedisabilitiesandwillgrowfromtheexperience.4