Early Education Center

St. Mary’s Preschool in the Queens Borough President Helen Marshall Early Education Center is the only preschool in NYC dedicated to caring for children with the highest levels of medical complexity. Our staff specialize in the unique needs of children who are medically fragile and their families. We offer integrated (12:1:2) and self-contained classrooms (8:1:2, 6:1:2).

Our developmentally appropriate program is aligned with the NY State Learning Standards. All lessons are developed by a special education teacher and goals are based on the specific needs of the children.

Our Multi-Disciplinary Preschool Team

  • Special Educators
  • Speech Language Pathologists
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Physical Therapists
  • Social Worker
  • Psychologist
  • Teaching Assistants

It is our goal to provide the children in our program a consistently safe, happy, and positive learning environment in which they can flourish.

For more information on St. Mary’s Early Education Center, please contact:

Jean Steins, Director

These special education programs are for preschool children who have or are suspected of having a disability under Section 4410 of Article 89 of the Education Law. Children must be referred by their School Districts’ Committee for Preschool Special Education.

Special education services are provided at no direct cost to the parent; funding is provided through county taxes and state funds for special education. Parents are responsible for arranging for and paying the costs of child care, if applicable.

Any services provided are based upon the individual’s needs, as determined by the CPSE of the local school district, which is also responsible for determining the location where needed special education services will be provided.