The Early Childhood Program
Sutter Park is the home to Worthington City Schools' Early Childhood Program for children with special needs and typically developing children. We currently have 9 "half-day teachers" who have up to 16 students in a morning class and 16 students in an afternoon class. Half of their students have been identified with special needs and half of their students are typically developing peers who serve as role models in the program. Our 3 year-olds and early 4 year-olds attend the morning classes and our later four year-olds and 5 year-olds attend the afternoon classes.
We also have 4 "full-day teachers" who have up to 8 special needs students in their classrooms but no typically developing peers. Students are placed in the full-day program based upon the intense needs identified in their IEPs.
For Worthington families of special needs students who do not choose a center-based program and whose goals identified through the IEP can be met through itinerant services, we also have one itinerant teacher who provides an hour of services weekly in private preschools, daycares or the home setting.
Our program has three Speech/Language Pathologists and four Occupational Therapists who provide services for our special needs children whose IEPs indicate the need. They frequently have typically developing peers join them in activities to model skills for their peers. An Adapted Physical Education Teacher and Physical Therapist also provide services for those students who qualify for these services based upon their IEPs.