The Harold Lewis Center welcomes peer models. Peer models are typically developing children age 3 to 5 displaying strong skills in socialization/leadership, communication/language skills, and are toilet trained. Peer models should also be able to independently listen and follow teacher direction and interact with peers using cooperative play strategies within the classroom environment. The intent is for the child with special needs to learn the appropriate language and social behavior from the peer model, while the peer model learns about disabilities and how children with delays are more like themselves than they are different.
This program is a 4 day-a-week half-day program. As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic guidelines, students are attending preschool, in person, two days a week, and are distance learning two days a week. Transportation is provided within Union County when it is available. Peer models pay a monthly fee as determined annually by the Union County Board of DD.