Donning dark blue caps and gowns, the Young Learners Preschool students made their way to the front of the Autism Center Auditorium on August 1 for a graduation celebration to remember. Their proud parents and family looked on as their children received diplomas during this special culmination.

“It is always with mixed emotions that we send these little ones off to various kindergartens—very proud of what they have accomplished but very sad to say goodbye,” said Pamela Clark, Director of The Help Group’s Autism Schools. “I want to thank all of the preschool parents for working so effectively with Dr. McCracken, Mr. Vaske and Maricris Gomez. I also want to thank Sara, Jason, Ryan and the teaching staff for their never-ending dedication and spirit.”

Addressing the young graduates Dr. Sara McCracken, Director of Young Learners and Early Educational Programs shared, “I’m so honored to be here celebrating your first of many educational milestones. I’m so proud of you, you’ve grown so big and learned so much.”

Young Learners Preschool is an evidence-based, comprehensive, early intervention school program designed to serve children between 2.9 and 5 years of age with autism spectrum disorder. This unique preschool offers an intensive, six hour per day, five day per week special education program featuring small class size and teacher:student ratio of at least 1:3. Through specialized, evidence-based assessment and curriculum, a collaborative multidisciplinary team approach and family involvement, our mission is to create a positive, dynamic learning environment to help students with autism spectrum disorder reach their maximum potential.


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