CCHAT Center was founded to teach children who are deaf or hard of hearing to confidently engage in mainstream society. Through intensive training and ongoing collaboration with speech therapists, audiologists, and family members, the children enrolled in our program receive a high quality education that emphasizes vital communication skills – like listening and speaking.
Throughout each school year, we track your child’s academic progress through report cards and IEP/IFSP benchmarks. Our goal is not only to help your child matriculate into mainstream school – but to thrive once there.
CCHAT Center offers specialized programs for children ranging from birth through 3rd grade. Our world-class staff creates a supportive learning environment that follows your child’s developmental age and unique learning style. CCHAT Center is certified by the state of California to provide special education instruction for children who are deaf or hard-of-hearing.
Students in this program receive a world-class preschool education – accompanied by daily speech, language, and listening therapy. We also use a range of innovative methods to enhance your child’s communication skills. For example, our music program employs rhythmic phonetics to engage your child and draw out his or her natural creativity.
Low student-teacher ratios. Class sizes range from 1 to 12 students, depending on the activity. This ensures your child receives individualized attention as he or she masters essential speech, language, listening, and comprehension skills.
Standardized curriculum. State-approved reading, math, science and social studies curricula are used throughout. And in-class instruction adheres closely to CCHAT’s pedagogical outline and the California Content Standards. In addition, your child’s progress is regularly monitored using report cards, assessments, and parent-teacher conferences.
At CCHAT, our mission is to teach children who are deaf or hard of hearing to master critical communication skills before transitioning into a more traditional educational setting. Our staff is committed to equipping your child with the requisite language and social skills necessary to have a successful mainstream experience.
To achieve this goal, we help you choose an appropriate educational placement as your child prepares to leave our program and enter the mainstream school system. The smoother this transition, the better positioned your child is for long-term success. We also offer additional mainstream support services – depending on your child’s unique needs.
In addition to our core curricula, we also offer a 20-day extended school year program during the summer. The same IEP/IFSP standards apply during these annual camp sessions. But this experience provides your child with a unique opportunity to collaborate with their hearing peers in a fun, less-structured environment.
Older campers enjoy opportunities to work with a diverse team of instructors and counselors throughout the day. This allows them to apply what they’ve learned during the school year to new situations, environments, and people.
Younger campers remain with a primary teacher throughout each day.
Successful matriculation into a mainstream school involves more than just having a high quality education. Your child must also be well-rounded, with ample exposure to a broad range of experiences and people.
Broaden your child’s horizons.
Improve his or her social skills.
Facilitate communication practice.
All CCHAT parents are invited to attend the educational workshops we host throughout the year. Topics cover everything from child development and behavioral management to hearing aid technology and potty training.
Childcare services are provided at CCHAT Center to ensure that your whole family can attend these periodic workshops. In fact, we encourage you to invite extended family members so they can help play a more active role in your child’s development.
Although most of your child’s educational development takes place in the classroom, we regularly coordinate with physicians, school personnel, and other stakeholders to ensure your child’s speech and language needs are properly addressed.
Want to learn more about our state-accredited programs for children who are deaf or hard of hearing? Not sure how or where to get started? Interested in having your child receive diagnostic screening?