What Makes Sewall Unique?
Sewall’s commitment to inclusion means that children with special needs learn side-by-side with typically developing peers, and children from all cultures and socio-economic backgrounds grow and play together. Through this immersion with others whose abilities and experiences differ, children naturally build empathy for others, leading to a lifetime of understanding and acceptance.
Inclusion means that children receive the support they need within natural settings, rather than being pulled out and isolated from their peers. Interventions are embedded within classroom routines and natural activities, and assistive technologies and other accommodations encourage full participation in all activities for all children.
Check out this awesome TED talk by our CEO Heidi Heissenbuttel about how inclusive culture in schools transforms communities: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_gsbNR2pIts
Sewall’s transdisciplinary teams include physical and occupational therapists, speech pathologists, and early childhood special educators who specialize in children’s cognitive and social-emotional development. All team members share responsibilities in curriculum planning and implementation – but each is just another “teacher” to the kids enrolled in Sewall’s early childhood education programs.
Sewall is family-centered, so parents and care providers are partners who fully participate in their child’s education and development. Because of our inclusive environment, siblings can learn and thrive together.
Assurances of Quality
Sewall has a Four-Star Qualistar Rating.
Qualistar Early Learning uses a rigorous process to evaluate the quality of licensed early learning programs. Qualistar measures five quality indicators: learning activities and the learning environment, training and education of staff, adult-to-child ratios, partnership with families, and accreditation. Based on scores in these areas, programs can earn from zero to four stars.
Sewall is NAEYC Accredited.
Sewall is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) – a mark of quality that is considered “the gold standard of approval” by Parents Magazine.
Sewall is nationally recognized.
The Division of Early Childhood (DEC) of the Council for Exceptional Children has recognized Sewall for demonstrating recommended practices that positively impact the quality of services and outcomes for young children.