Early Childhood Services

Preschool Pick Up & Drop Off Routines – Health & Safety

Clinical Evaluations Procedures – Health & Safety

Proper Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Use – Health & Safety

June 29th, 2020

Racker preschool maintains the position of lead in the state for remote learning provision and access. For the 6-week summer session, Racker preschool will be a hybrid model of both remote/virtual learning and in-person classroom learning. Currently the Ithaca and Cortland preschool programs are planning to open for in-person preschool special education classroom learning on Monday July 20, 2020.  The Owego classroom will remain a virtual/remote learning program for the 6-week summer session.

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Why come to us:  Our Early Childhood Education center’s main focus is on your child.  We are believers and champions in child growth and development.  Our centers are child focused, where we embrace play as experience and experience as the means of learning.  We believe in building from the basics up:  Safety, nourishment, trust, love and experiences from which to build and grow.  We are proud to provide an early childhood environment where children feel comfortable to play and learn without fear of judgment and wrong-doing, safe enough to take risks and problem solve and engaged to question and discover new materials, events, people and environments.

What makes us different:  We are proud to provide excellent developmentally appropriate education and experiences to all children in a fully inclusive environment.  Our unique enhanced staffing model, with low teacher to child ratios, allows for high level engagement with children.  In addition, we collaborate with related services, such as speech, occupational, physical, feeding therapies and social work to provide our children and their families support in all aspects of development.  We are fortunate to partner with several chapters of therapy animals as well as collaborate with local Colleges and Universities to provide swimming and other enrichment activities for all children in our program.  Racker Early Childhood Centers is the only one of its kind, where collaboration with related services and specialists is built into our model, offering you and your child support in all aspects of child development.

Racker provides the following services children in Tompkins, Cortland and Tioga Counties:

  • Evaluation Services
  • Early Intervention Service Provider (0-3 years)
  • Childcare (18 months- 5 years)
  • Preschool Special Education
    • Classrooms specializing in autism, behavioral needs and developmental disabilities
    • Itinerant Services