Concerns over early childhood center at New London school

NEW LONDON, Conn. (WTNH)– There seems to be some more growing pains with the new Early Childhood Center at Harbor School in New London.

News 8 was contacted by a mother of an autistic child and she says she doesn’t know what happens between the time she drops him off and picks him up and she wants answers. The mother who didn’t want to be identified says, “with the amount of stairs there, he can’t even walk downstairs he needs to be carried. I don’t know how they’re getting him in and out of the playground.”

Her kindergarten son was enrolled in the autism program at the Winthrop School but he was moved to the ECC.

She says, “He’s not going to be able to have a one on one. I tried numerous times to get a ppt meeting to find exactly what is going to be offered to him and no one has called me back.”

The school department tells News 8 interim administrator Miriam Morales Taylor plans to meet with her after she is back from vacation. In a statement it explained, “In the specialized program, there are a total of 5 students with 4 adults (1 teacher, 3 aides) There is also a Fulltime nurse at Harbor School. Our school nurse has spoken with the parent two times regarding her child’s health issues, and school and special education district staff have been in contact with the parent to schedule a meeting.”

This mother expressed more concerns saying, “next year for first grade, I”m afraid that they’re going to do some type of update to this older building and leave him there.”

News 8 also asked the school department about that and got this answer. “Right now, Harbor is open to preschool and Kindergarten students. The possibility of expanding the ECC to grade one hasn’t been decided.”

Some of the concerns come because parents say they weren’t notified about the change until a week before school started. One of the issues is that this school lets out at 2:45 and the magnet schools their kids were supposed to go to let out after 4:00 so those parents say they now have after school day care issues.

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