“We simply cannot thank John Tracy Clinic enough for the care and expertise we’ve received,”  – JTC Preschool Parent

Auditory Verbal Preschool

Preschool for children who are deaf and hard of hearing ages two through five is offered Monday through Thursday, September through May.

Parent education and parent participation are emphasized in a rich, English language environment.

Social, emotional, cognitive, and physical growth opportunities are nurtured and activities are planned that encourage children to use their amplified residual hearing, and develop speech and receptive and expressive language skills. The JTC Preschool uses the Reggio Emilia approach in which the path to learning is built around each individual child’s interests.  Children are educated based on the principles of respect, responsibility, and community through exploration and discovery in a supportive and enriching environment.

Every child and his parent(s) meets with a listening and spoken language teacher once a week for a 50-minute private session. The child receives another 30-minute session when parent attendance is optional. Parents also participate or observe in the preschool one day per week and schedule weekly conferences with their child’s classroom teacher.  Auditory-verbal techniques are used to demonstrate how to teach language effectively at home.

Parent Class and Support Group are attended by all parents twice a month. In this way, parents are given the opportunity to gain the knowledge and skills they need to foster their child’s overall development, and to share with others the feelings, triumphs and obstacles their family is experiencing.

To enroll in the Preschool Program, parents must first attend the Parent/Infant Program on a regular basis.


John Tracy Clinic has embraced the Reggio Emilia approach to preschool education.

Developed in post-World War II Italy, the Reggio approach sees children as able to construct knowledge based on their experiences and interactions with others.   

Loris Malaguzzi, the driving force in the development of the Reggio Emilia approach in post-World War II Italy, wrote a poem called “The Hundred Languages of Children” that expresses the core philosophy of the approach.

The child is made of one hundred.
The child has
a hundred languages
a hundred hands
a hundred thoughts
a hundred ways of thinking
of playing, of speaking.

This philosophy is particularly appropriate in John Tracy Clinic classrooms, as we strive to help deaf and hard of hearing children engage the possibilities in the world around them and learn to communicate. In a Reggio Emilia classroom, teachers, parents, and children are partners in learning, and the curriculum is driven by children’s natural curiosity.

JTC’s preschool classrooms are full of natural materials that serve children’s explorations.  Teachers and parents observe and record children’s reactions, and build on children’s innate curiosity to create provocations or opportunities for learning that expand children’s understanding of the world.  For deaf children, the approach provides ample opportunities for verbal as well as non-verbal expression, as movement, drawing, sculpture, role play, and music are all incorporated into daily routines.  JTC’s teachers skillfully weave the Reggio approach with the principles of a listening and spoken language preschool, continuing to emphasize repetition and familiar language as we foster creative expression.  The results can be seen in a stroll down the Preschool’s hallways, where children’s explorations are documented and creations proudly on display    and heard in the classroom, where there has been an explosion of spontaneous and expressive language.