Ready to Learn is a free, state-funded, family-centered program for infants and toddlers (ages 0-3) identified as deaf or hard-of-hearing. Ready to Learn provides parents with the support and knowledge they need to guide and enrich their child’s development.
Ready to Learn focuses on language and communication. We also address preschool readiness, which includes gross motor, fine motor, social-emotional and self-help skills. Families are encouraged to participate in Ready to Learn and Early Intervention at the same time.
Ready to Learn offers communication in spoken language and/or sign language. We support each family’s desire to develop communication in the child’s home language. Sessions are conducted in English, Spanish and/or American Sign Language (ASL). When other languages are spoken, we enlist the help of a spoken language interpreter.
Ready to Learn sessions are center-based and take place at Lexington School for the Deaf. Families attend individual sessions twice a week and an optional play group on Wednesday mornings. Free transportation is available to families who live in the five boroughs.
Our certified teachers are experts in early childhood development. With our teachers’ guidance, support and coaching, parents learn how to engage with their child and help them become successful learners.