The Learning Program

The Learning Program is an early literacy and numeracy program for children with Down syndrome. It was developed by the Down Syndrome Foundation of Orange County in California in partnership with researchers, educators and therapists. It is an innovative program that delivers evidence-based educational support to children, parents and teachers. The program’s goal is to improve the overall development and academic success of all children with Down syndrome.

The DSC’s Learning Program meets one Saturday per month for 10 sessions and has between 7-12 families in each class. During each 90 minute session, children receive small group instruction with a focus on literacy, numeracy, fine motor skills and language development from special educators and therapists. Simultaneously in a separate classroom, parents in the program receive instruction on a wide range of topics such as “Teaching Your Child to Read”, “Introduction to Math” and “Creating an Effective Learning Session”. At-home materials are distributed to allow parents to reinforce the skills learned during the session at home. Teachers and therapists affiliated with the program receive information about effective teaching strategies and cognitive, developmental and educational research.

Registration has closed for the 2019-2020 school year.

Learning Program 2019-2020 Times, Dates and Location

9:00-10:30 AM class for kindergarten and 1st grade families
11:00 AM-12:30 PM class for 2nd through 6th grade families

September 21
October 19
November 16
December 7
January 11
February 8
March 21
April 25
May 16
June 13

All classes meet at the Fairview Christian School, 844 NE 78th St, Seattle, WA 98115. Click HERE for directions.