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Frequently Asked Questions with Kent Rideout

Frequently Asked Questions with Kent Rideout

Is the Children’s Center a non-profit organization?

Yes, The Children’s Center is a 501-c-3 Non-Profit Organization founded by Lorna Jean King in 1978. The center has been serving children with Autism and related disorders, and the Special Education needs of the West Valley for 39 years and counting.

Does CCNS offer individualized programs?

Yes, CCNS has individualized programs to work with each student to allow them to reach their maximum potential. Our programs include behavior intervention, speech therapy, and occupational therapy. Families also have the option of enrolling in our afterschool programs as well. The afterschool programs include DDD funded programs and therapies.

What makes CCNS different?

CCNS offers a small and safe campus and classrooms with low teacher to student ratio. All the classrooms are separate buildings with a private outdoor area for recreational or sensory breaks that each student can utilize as needed throughout the day. We recognize that many of our students have moderate to high behavior and sensory needs, so we tailor the curriculum to meet these needs in order to help them reach their highest potential. We use a team approach to assess and create functional individual education plans (IEPs) for each student. Depending on the need, a Sensory Diet and Behavior Intervention Plan may be included. We have total campus training and cooperation with functional communication interventions for our non-verbal students. Some of these interventions include the Picture exchange Communication System (PECS), total communication, or use of other augmentative communication devices recommended by our speech therapist. We also offer weekly motor skills groups in our sensory gym area for all of our students. Our campus has well maintained grounds including a greenhouse, horticultural planting area, walking track, splash pad, and basketball court. Every student has several opportunities throughout the day to utilize these areas with staff support to ensure a safe, educational, and fun experience.

Do you offer any after school programs?

Yes, CCNS offers DDD funded programs afterschool. The Day Treatment and Training (DTT) program runs from 2:00-6:00 p.m. every Monday- Friday. Day Treatment Summer (DTS) is offered through the summer from June-July, from 1:00-5:00pm. Transportation services may be an option for some children, parents would have to inquire with their DDD/DES support coordinator. Parents can schedule a tour with the after-school DTT coordinator, Janet Othman at 623-915-0345. We also provide habilitation, respite, speech therapy and occupational therapy services funded through DDD/DES.

What are some of the programs offered at The Children’s Center?

The Children’s Center provides a Special Education school program from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. daily. Speech Therapy and Occupational Therapy are available to most students as part of our school program. CCNS offers DDD funded programs afterschool. The Day Treatment and Training (DTT) program runs from 2:00-6:00 p.m. every Monday- Friday. Day Treatment Summer (DTS) is offered through the summer running June -July from 1:00-5:00pm. Transportation services may be an option for some children, parents would have to inquire with their DDD/DES support coordinator. Parents can schedule a tour with the after-school DTT coordinator Janet Othman by calling 623-915-0345. We also provide habilitation, respite, speech therapy and occupational therapy services funded through DDD/DES.

What percentage of your students return back to public schools?

The Children’s Center usually returns approximately 20-25% of students back to their home districts each year.

What are the criteria for qualifying for ESA?

Students can qualify for the ESA grant if they have a disability, have a parent in the military, or attend a D or F placement in public school.

Can we make a donation to the school?

Donations can be made to The Children’s Center in the form of items to be used in the school program or after school programs or as a monetary donation. The Children’s Center will send a receipt letter to the company regarding the donation for the company to use for tax purposes.

How can I apply for SSA

Parents need to apply at the local Social Security Administration office to begin the process of obtaining Social Security Disability for their child. The local Social Security office will need to obtain current school records regarding your child’s disability prior to determining if the child qualifies for Social Security Disability funds.

Do you offer tours of the campus?

Yes, the school offers tours for both the school program and the after-school program. Please call the office at 623-915-0345 to speak to Kent Rideout for a tour of the school or ask to speak with Janet Othman to tour the after-school program.

I am interested in sending my student to your school, what are my next steps

Parents need to speak to their home districts regarding having their child qualify for a more restrictive placement. The parent and district representative will tour the school. Once this has been completed, and all parties are in agreement for the change in placement, an intake meeting will be held at Children’s Center to transfer the existing Individual Education Plan (IEP). The entire team will be present for this meeting including the special education teacher, speech therapist, occupational therapist, behavior analyst, special education director, district representative, and family. The district will then set up transportation and the student can begin attending The Children’s Center for their education.

Does my child have to attend CCNS in order to be enrolled in summer camp

No, our summer camp is open to all children in the Phoenix area who have a disability and have funding services through DDD/DES. The Summer Camp program can accommodate approximately 100 children, so space is limited and reservations need to be made in advance. Contact Janet Othman for details at 623-915-0345.

I am interested in teaching here, what are my next steps?

Potential teaching candidates must have a Cross Categorical teaching certificate in the state of Arizona. If interested, candidates must send in a resume to the Director of Human Resources, Dave McWatters, in order to schedule an interview with the team. Mr. McWatters can be reached at 623-915-0345.

Do your teachers send the children home with anything that can let me know what my child did that day?

Parents receive electronic communication daily regarding the details of the student’s day at school. This communication is sent via email. The email will entail how the child’s day was, any behaviors that were seen, and any other pertinent information for parents including incident reports or special events coming up at school. Parents have the option to reply to the emails regarding their child in the secure email. CCNS has chosen to do electronic communication over paper communication in order to ensure that the information is always seen by the parent, and to keep lines of communication continuously open between parent and teacher in the most efficient way.

623-915-0345

5430 West Glenn Drive
Glendale, AZ 85301
Fax: 623-937-5425

School Hours:
Monday – Friday 9am – 2pm

After School Program:
Monday – Friday 2pm – 6pm

Habilitation & Respite Hours:
Monday – Sunday 8am – 6pm

Summer Camp:
Mon – Fri 1pm – 5pm Ages 3-21
(HAH/RSP available 8a-1p)

Administrative Staff

Executive Director: Kent Rideout ~ director@ccnsaz.org

General Info: admin@ccnsaz.org

Human Resources: david.mcwatters@ccnsaz.org

Business Office: mlythgoe@ccnsaz.org

623-915-0345

Teaching Staff

Adam Solano(x217): adam.solano@ccnsaz.org

Loretta Miller(x221): loretta.miller@ccnsaz.org

Santosh Kamalakar(x230): santosh.kamalakar@ccnsaz.org