Community Support

Thanks to ongoing generous support from the community, the CID school is able to turn away no child who is deaf or hard of hearing because his family is unable to pay.

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Education birth to 12

CID provides quality listening and spoken language education for children from birth to age 12. Students typically graduate from CID when they are ready to succeed in mainstream classrooms with their hearing peers. Many attend college and many pursue professional careers.

CID school students have come from 29 countries and 48 U.S. states.

Educational Philosophy

Since its founding in 1914, CID has demonstrated that, regardless of how severe their hearing impairment, children can learn to speak and understand the speech of others when early and appropriate education is provided. Today, early intervention, cochlear implants and digital hearing aids, combined with listening and spoken language educational techniques, are enabling more children to learn to listen, talk, read and succeed academically.

CID prepares students to attend their own local kindergartens and elementary schools. CID teachers and audiologists help children gain the best possible benefit from today’s rapidly changing technologies. We offer a language-rich, assessment-based educational program individualized to help every child achieve success.

We believe parents are a child’s first teachers. Giving them exactly the help they need to begin to work with their children at home is the focus of CID’s Joanne Parrish Knight Family Center. The program also features a daily nursery class for  toddlers. Parents have regular opportunities to attend educational presentations and become part of a support network. Parental involvement is crucial at every level and continues throughout all testing and educational activities.

CID’s pre-k/kindergarten is designed to prepare each child for success in a mainstream environment by providing individualized instruction to develop listening, speech, and language while focusing on all developmental milestones. Our program is designed to help children achieve all of these skills through play. Our Peer Program, composed of children with typical hearing, provides peer language models and encourages natural interaction and social skill development.

The dynamic, whole child pre-k curriculum is adapted from the mainstream and emphasizes emerging literacy and pragmatic skills. The program focuses on listening, speech and language skills as well as pre-math and pre-reading skills, including alphabet knowledge, phonological awareness and print awareness. The kindergarten curriculum provides opportunities for high-level imaginative, collaborative play that develops the language skills necessary for students to achieve reading success, along with instruction in all academic subjects.

For our 6- to 12-year-old primary school students, our philosophy is to build a foundation for success in education and in every area of life. CID teachers weave speech, language and listening instruction into a mainstream academic curriculum. The children receive instruction in reading, writing, math, science and social studies. Our comprehensive program includes gym, art and music, health and growth, a social skills curriculum, computer instruction and activities ranging from tennis to dance.

Children typically leave CID when they are ready to enter classes with hearing children in their home communities. They play sports, compete on debating teams, serve on student councils, participate in social events, dance, act in plays and do everything their hearing peers can do. Many pursue higher education and professional careers. Learn about some of the achievements of our CID school alumni.

CID’s mission is to teach children who are deaf and hard of hearing to listen, talk, read and succeed. We partner with families and collaborate with universities, educators and other professionals worldwide to help children communicate to achieve their fullest potential.