July 08, 2015
My daughter has Down syndrome and is in PPCD (Preschool Program for Children with Disabilities) at Kiker. We were very worried about her going there since she'd been at Open Door for the previous year, which is a very child-led, discovery-based style of preschool education, somewhat similar to Montessori. The Kiker educational model is definitely more academic, even at the preschool level, yet our daughter is thriving there! She's only three (almost four — she's been there one full academic year so far) and is already recognizing/reading several letters, she can put the letters of her own name in order, etc. She's very bright, despite her intellectual disability, and her teacher and the aides in her class love her and see her intelligence and potential. Best of all, Kiker is a FULLY INCLUSIVE school (which means kids with special needs, receiving Special Education, are in class with typically developing kids. Unfortunately, this is not the norm in AISD. Fortunately, it IS the norm at Kiker. It benefits everyone — kids with special needs get all-important modeling from their typical peers, and the typically developing kids develop the compassion that comes from learning firsthand that everybody is different and THAT IS JUST FINE. Yay, Kiker!!!
- submitted by a parent