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Easterseals Charter School

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Easterseals Charter School

Easterseals Charter School provides programs for eligible Volusia County School pre-k students. This program offers hands-on and comprehensive education for pre-k students ages 3-5 who are challenged with special needs and/or disabilities as defined by their Individual Education Plan (IEP). The Charter School operates two campuses, one in Daytona and one in DeLand.

The Charter School’s inclusive classroom setting integrates students with special needs and typically developing students of the Easterseals Child Development Center. In blended classrooms, this assists in helping all students achieve the best possible outcomes.

For more information, please contact Principal Christina Hopkins at 386-255-4568 x301or x307 or via email chopkins@esnecfl.org

Charter School Teachers

Easterseals Charter School’s lead teachers hold State of Florida Educator's certificates and must meet the same requirements as teachers in Volusia County public schools.  Associate teachers have a minimum of an associate's degree (two-year degree) in the early childhood education field or extensive experience in the field.  Teachers participate in ongoing continuing education throughout the year.

The ratio of teacher to child exceeds the state requirements which allows for more individualized attention for each child in our care.  Individualized Education Plans (IEPs) outline specific goals and objectives for students to meet his/her own potential.

Parent involvement

Parents play a vital role in their children's success at Easterseals Charter School.  Our team encourages parent communication and participation throughout the school year, and works diligently to be available for parent communicatio.  Together, teachers, therapists, parents and caregivers help children learn, live, and play to their fullest potential. 

Easterseals Charter School Academic Performance

* 96% of our Charter School students entered typically developing Kingergarten, our goal is 80%
* 80% of our students met their IEP goals and objectives, our goal is 65%
* 100% of students made academic gains, our goal is 100%
*Please note that our school due to being a Pre-K ESE provider is not subject to the school grade ratings pursuant to Section 1008.34.

Additional Programs offered at Easter Seals Charter School:

* Pediatric Therapy Services - Occupational, Physical, and Speech Therapy
* Pre-K and VPK for Typically Developing Children
* Dance Classes* Before and After School Care for children up to age 5

Charter School Governing Board
Easterseals Charter School is governed by an Easterseals volunteer board of directors who receive input from the volunteer Charter School Advisory Committee. 
The public is invited and welcome to attend bi-monthly meeting.

Lauren Burkhalter, Chair
Email: lauren.burkhalter@morganstanley.com

Easterseals Board of Directors 2019 - 2020


Chairperson of the Board - Lauren Burkhalter
Chair-Elect/ Vice Chair - Dr. Steve Sevigny
Treasurer - Melissa Burt DeVriese
Secretary - Constance Yuschok
Immediate Past Chair – Kelly Parsons Kwiatek

Active Directors:

 Jim Barocas  Dr. Myra Middleton
 Bridget Bergens  Nancy-Ellen Otte
 Matt Birnie  Paul Schandel
 Lonnie Brown  Don Sciotto
 April Chilson  Darlynn Tacinelli
 Sheryl Cook  Linda Webster-Dubea
 Ed Dimayuga  Holly Woersching
 Pete Gamble  Andrew Young
 Chris Mellon  

Easterseals Charter School Board meetings at 12 noon on the following dates:

Governing Board Meeting Minutes:

* Charter School Board Minutes 11-8-18
* Charter School Board Minutes 3-14-19
* Charter School Board Minutes 9-26-19

Annual Budget: Easterseals Charter School 2018-2019 Operating Budget
Annual Audit: Easterseals Charter School Audit Report

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