Dahlberg Gibson Learning Center is an intervention program for infants, toddlers and preschool-age children with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The school uses early intervention strategies, peer play models and play-based curriculum to foster student learning and growth.
Early intervention specialists visit the younger students' families at home and discuss intervention services with parents and caregivers. Young children also attend the preschool to reinforce the skills they learn at home and receive therapy services.
Older, preschool-age children with intellectual and developmental disabilities attend the Dahlberg Gibson Learning Center alongside typically developing children in an integrated classroom. Typically developing children attend the preschool free of charge. They serve as peer play models for the children with disabilities, while they receive the educational services to develop their own self-regulation and problem-solving skills. Parents and intervention specialists work collaboratively to help children build skills to provide a foundation for independence and success.
The Dahlberg Gibson Learning Center encourages family participation through monthly parent events, access to a family and childcare advocate and regular in-home family coaching.
Children may attend morning or afternoon sessions. Funding is provided through the Franklin County Board of Developmental Disabilities. A ten-week summer program is available with tuition paid by the family.