North Carolina’s two schools for the deaf are planning to add a preschool program for children with hearing loss, according to a report on the N.C. State Board of Education’s Wednesday agenda.
The N.C. School for the Deaf in Morganton and the Eastern N.C. School for the Deaf in Wilson are launching the program for the 2017-2018 school year, after discontinuing their preschool programs in 1998.
The new program will “provide opportunities for three-, four-, and five-year old children with hearing loss to acquire age-appropriate language using personalized communication systems and visual learning methods that will prepare children for kindergarten and support strong education achievement in later grades,” the report says.
The schools expect to serve 18 to 27 preschool students in the first three years of the program. The estimated annual budget is about $200,000 when the program is fully implemented in 2019.