Developmental Enrichment Center
Philosophy and Goals:
We believe each child brings unique talents, strengths, and challenges into the school setting. With the understanding that learning takes place along a continuum and that children learn at different rates and in different ways, the Development Enrichment Center (DEC) adds an additional level of support to Lower School students. The DEC offers challenge to the intellect and supports learning concepts and developmental growth. All Lower School students benefit from the DEC through learning style inventories, beginning study habits, organization workshops with older students, and social skills activities with our younger students. Hammond believes that early intervention increases the likelihood of enduring success throughout one’s school career.
How does a Lower School family utilize the DEC?
If you have concerns about your child, your first course of action should be communication with his or her teacher. Stumbling blocks along the way are often part of the developmental projectory and may resolve with careful attention in the classroom. At times, a child may need more intervention and DEC staff will collaborate with teachers and parents to coordinate the most appropriate support services. After observation and appropriate conferencing, the DEC staff will create a learning plan and communicate scheduling, fees, and ongoing feedback with parents. Our goal is to provide services to students, parents, and teachers that allow students to learn most effectively and meet the requirements of our curriculum.
DEC staff will collaborate with teachers and parents to coordinate the most appropriate support services for a student. These support services may include parent/ staff conferences, classrooms interventions, and group or individual support within the DEC. After extended observation of a student and appropriate conferencing with parents and teacher, DEC staff will create a plan of support and communicate scheduling, fees, and ongoing feedback with parents. These interventions should be seen as a short term way to bridge a gap in skill development. The goal of our program is to target learning problems and teach students strategies that will help them to compensate for learning deficits. It is our hope that with additional support students will feel confident in the classroom and will be able to successfully meet the requirements of the curriculum at Hammond.
The DEC is committed to first providing quality observation, extended assessment, and strategic intervention in the classroom. Some students will benefit from additional one-on-one or small group instruction in the DEC. These services are not covered by tuition and will be billed monthly through the school. Please see the link to our DEC contract for further explanation of fees and billing.