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We Make an Impact!
We Make an Impact!

93% of children in our Parent-infant program demonstrate progress in Listening and Spoken Language skills

93% of children in our Parent-infant program demonstrate progress in Listening and Spoken Language skills

93% of children in our Parent-infant program demonstrate progress in Listening and Spoken Language skills

93% of children in our Parent-infant program demonstrate progress in Listening and Spoken Language skills

100% of our preschoolers demonstrate progress in Listening and Spoken Language skills

93% of children in our Parent-infant program demonstrate progress in Listening and Spoken Language skills

We Make an Impact!

93% of children in our Parent-infant program demonstrate progress in Listening and Spoken Language skills

100% of our preschoolers demonstrate progress in Listening and Spoken Language skills

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Our Mission
Provide parent-centered services locally and globally to young children with hearing loss, offering hope, guidance and encouragement.
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Our Services

Newborns to 18 years

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Audiology

Our pediatric audiologists offer an extensive range of diagnostic hearing services and recommendations for children of all ages, from newborns to the age of 18 years.

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Audiology

Our pediatric audiologists offer an extensive range of diagnostic hearing service

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Parent-Infant Program

Families of newly diagnosed infants and toddlers navigate the initial stages of early-intervention, receive coaching to build their child's communication in everyday routines, attend support groups and parent workshops.

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Parent-Infant Program

Families of newly diagnosed infants and toddlers navigate the initial stages of early-intervention

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Counseling & Child Development

Parents are offered virtual and in person counseling, support groups, mentoring, and parenting guidance. Children receive developmental screens and counseling.

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Counseling & Child Development

Parents are offered virtual and in-person counseling and support groups.

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Worldwide Parent Education & International Sessions (Summer)

Parents anywhere in the world can take part as a virtual online or mail-based experience. Each year, parents apply from across the globe to come to Los Angeles and learn how to become their child's best advocate and promote their child's abilities.

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Worldwide Parent Education & International Sessions (Summer)

Parents anywhere in the world can take part as a virtual online or mail-based experience.

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Preschool

Our preschool enrolls children with hearing loss and their hearing peers. Credentialed teachers with master's degrees enhance listening, language, pre-literacy, social, emotional, and cognitive skills in stimulating activities.

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Preschool

Our preschool enrolls children with hearing loss and their hearing peers.

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Listening & Spoken Language

LSL Experts trained to maximize each child's listening, speech and language potential coach and guide families with listening and spoken language strategies in a fun and meaningful therapy sessions.

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Listening & Spoken Language

LSL Experts trained to maximize each child's listening, speech, and language potential

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Speech & Language Pathology (SLP)

Specially trained SLPs provide therapy for children of all ages. Therapy needs may range and can cover communication, articulation, voice quality, understanding words, putting words together, social skills, and feeding skills.

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Speech & Language Pathology (SLP)

Specially trained SLPs provide therapy for children of all ages.

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Deaf & Hard of Hearing (DHH) - Mainstream Support

Itinerant DHH teachers provide support to both the child and mainstream teachers. Services incorporate strategies to enhance communication, social skills, listening, language, and advocacy skills.

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Deaf & Hard of Hearing (DHH)

Itinerant DHH teachers provide support to both the child and mainstream teachers.

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Master's Program

Education Specialist: Deaf and Hard of Hearing Teacher Preparation Program and Master of Science in Deaf Education in partnership with Mount Saint Mary's University.

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Master's Program

Education Specialist: Dear and Hard of Hearing Teacher Preparation Program

Parent Resources

Dozens of topics explaining hearing loss, family activities, listening/language/speech and education. Read online, click an option for printer friendly handouts to keep or share. Choose to obtain a Spanish version.

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We Make an Impact

Before embarking on their path, families fear that their child will be isolated and unable to learn and grow among their hearing peers.  As they journey through John Tracy Center's services, both parent and child gain skills, and confidence.

Our Alumni

Emily Khuong

March 5, 2021

Emily and her family participated in JTC’s International summer session program.  Recently, Emily reached out to let us know of all the amazing things she has been up to since her time at JTC.  The Gold Award is the highest honor a girl scout can earn and involves undertaking a service project with a long-lasting impact on the…

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Samantha Chavez

September 3, 2020

Samantha is a charming 12-year-old girl with bilateral hearing loss who loves school and playing sports. Samantha was diagnosed profoundly deaf at birth after failing her hearing screening test three times. Samantha received her first cochlear implant when she was just a year old and her second at age five. We started to attend JTC…

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Connor Silver

September 2, 2020

Born in California in1999, when hearing tests were optional for a newborn, Connor Silver’s parents were told he was in perfect health. As the months passed, though, the signs pointed to the fact that something was not right with his hearing. It was not until he was two years old he was diagnosed with a severe…

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John Butchko

September 2, 2020

I didn’t speak for the first year and a half of my life.  In fact, I didn’t really make any sounds at all like a usual baby.  The fact that I didn’t babble was one of few hints to my parents that I had a hearing loss.  The most I would do was squawk, a…

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Wendy Vincent

April 22, 2020

“The State Department has given me opportunities to learn new languages,” she says. “JTC made language learning possible… I transferred the skills to other languages!” After doing tutors in Tel Aviv, Paris, Budapest, Washington, Kuala Lumpur, and now Rio, Wendy is preparing to retire in Los Angeles, where she was “born and raised”. Wendy hopes…

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Renee Polanco Lucero

April 18, 2020

An alum of our Parent-Infant program, Renee Polanco Lucero, Ph.D., LSLS Cert., AVEd, has a hearing loss since birth and is bimodal, using a hearing aid in her left ear and a cochlear implant in her right ear. Renee earned her master’s degree in JTC’s graduate program and her Ph.D. in special Education, as well…

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Sara Cooper

April 18, 2020

Gina Cooper was looking for answers when she made the journey from British Columbia to Los Angeles with her daughter Sara to attend JTC’s International Summer Sessions in 2014. She recalls how full of anxiety she was, and how “nerve-wracking” it felt to prepare a child with hearing loss for the school system. “The choices…

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Cindy & Erika McGrath

April 18, 2020

Cindy’s daughter Erika was born 1998, just one month after California passed law requiring newborns to be screened for hearing loss. After Erika failed her screening, an audiologist referred the family to John Tracy Center. In JTC’s Parent-Infant Program, Cindy’s family learned the importance of talking while playing. But while they sang songs, read books…

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Krysta & John

April 18, 2020

On June 8th, 2014, they got married in the place that had brought them together and given them “everything they needed to succeed in life – and exchanged vows in the courtyard at John Tracy Center.” This spring, they welcomed their first son into the world. Their growing family looks forward to exploring “new horizons”…

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Nathan Sevigny

July 3, 2019

“The other day, I came across an old brochure that I hadn’t seen in years. I recognized it instantly because that’s me on the cover. My parents were quite proud that I had been selected to be on the cover. “But I guess I got to say ‘thanks.’ All throughout my life, I get compliments…

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Justin Morreale

July 3, 2019

Justin was diagnosed with a bilateral profound hearing loss at eighteen months old; he received cochlear implants at ages two and five. Soon after his diagnosis, his parents helped him learn to listen and talk through empowering coaching sessions in JTC’s Parent-Infant program. Justin then attended JTC’s onsite preschool program.“ John Tracy helped him develop…

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Sonya

July 3, 2019

More than 20 years ago, JTC alum Sonya and her family participated in our on-site preschool and parent-centered services. Today, Sonya is pursuing a medical degree and preparing to begin residency.“I saw how physicians were able to help to make my life a lot easier,” she says. “My hearing loss definitely played a huge role…

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Samantha Fuji

July 3, 2019

JTC Alumna Samantha Fujii has been selected as one of 10 swimmers to represent the USA at the 2019 World Deaf Championship Games in Sao Paulo, Brazil in August 2019! With the rest of her Team USA athletes, who range in age from 13 to 23 and come from 10 states across the U.S., Sammy will compete…

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Silvia

July 3, 2019

After participating in JTC’s Preschool International Session last year, alumni parent Silvia recounted her experience in a parent publication in Spain, describing the knowledge and skills that she and her family gained. “This trip has changed our lives forever,” she wrote, “not only because of the thousands of unforgettable moments we have lived, nor because of the…

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Cindy McGrath

June 17, 2019

Meet Cindy McGrath! She is JTC’s first Alumni Ambassador. Her family has been a part of our Parent-Infant program and JTC’s preschool. She has been an active volunteer, engaging alumni families, helping to plan events and building relationships. Cindy is also a very talented graphic designer. She has worked on ad campaigns and promotional materials…

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SUPPORT THE GLOBAL MOVEMENT

Help make it possible for children who are deaf and hard of hearing to learn to listen, speak, and thrive!

In 1943 Louise Tracy pioneered a worldwide movement, offering one of the nation's very first spoken-language education and support programs for infants and young children with hearing loss. By becoming a supporter of JTC, you're helping children who are deaf and hard of hearing develop speech, language and listening skills, and equipping parents with the knowledge, support and training necessary to help their children achieve their full potential.

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COVID-19
(as of June 2021)

During the pandemic, JTC is continuing all its critical services for children with, or at risk of, hearing loss.

COVID-19 Update
(as of June 2021)

During the pandemic, JTC is continuing all its critical services for children with, or at risk of, hearing loss. All Audiology services are being provided on-site and families can call to schedule a hearing test Mondays-Fridays 8-4pm. JTC closed its in-person audiology services from March to May in 2020, to comply with public health directives, and again for two weeks in January 2021 due to a COVID-19 surge. All of JTC's education services transitioned to remote learning within 48 hours in March 2020. Our preschool offered a hybrid of in-person and virtual learning starting in September 2020, and as of June 2021, all children are on-site. Families who receive listening and spoken language therapy or speech and language therapy are becoming more comfortable coming to JTC, though we continue to offer families a virtual option. Friday Family School, a component of our Parent-Infant Program, was virtual throughout the 2020-21 school year. We will assess the pandemic level and parent preferences when Friday Family School resumes in the fall. School-age support services are being provided remotely by our teachers of the deaf and hard of hearing until school districts have fully opened. Our summer session for international families will be delivered via remote learning again in summer 2021.

JTC's racial nondiscrimination policy

John Tracy Center ("JTC") is committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all members of our staff, families and their children, volunteers, subcontractors, vendors, and clients. JTC admits families and students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally made available to families and students at the center. JTC does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and other center/school-administered programs.