Milwaukee Center for Independence: Assisting individuals with special needs
 

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The School for Early Development & Achievement welcomes students with and without special needs in a full-inclusion environment. An emphasis on developing core academic skills gives children a solid foundation for academic success. Believe in what children can do!

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SEDA prepares students for success!

The School for Early Development & Achievement (SEDA) is a free public school chartered through the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Founded in 2002, SEDA is an affiliate of the Milwaukee Center for Independence (MCFI). SEDA welcomes students with and without special needs in a full inclusion environment. SEDA's K4 through second grade classes provide a solid foundation for academic success, with individualized education plans tailored to the needs of each student. Our certified staff includes teachers, therapists and classroom aides. The school offers families support and resources from the first day the child is enrolled, giving them the tools they need to help students reach their highest levels of success.

Mission

SEDA's mission is to increase developmental competencies and educational achievement of young children as a strong foundation for learning and success throughout their lives.

Enrolling

Student enrollment applications can be picked up at SEDA (or click here for application) and should be returned by April 15, 2016. Parents will be notified about enrollment by April 30, 2016.  A complete application includes:

Note: All K4 applicants must be 4 years old by September 1, 2016.

The Lottery

If the number of applications exceeds the number of seats available, a random drawing will be held to fill the available seats.  Siblings of currently enrolled students will be given preference.  Each applicant will be assigned a number, and then the numbers will be drawn to determine placement order, beginning with K4.  If an applicant with older siblings is drawn, the older siblings will be immediately placed in their respective grade(s) as room permits.  Letters will be sent to all applicants informing them of their acceptance or their number on the wait list.

The Wait List

Drawing continues until all names have been pulled.  Applicant’s whose names are pulled after all the seats are filled will remain on a wait list in the order they were pulled.  If a seat becomes available, we will contact the family.  If the family cannot be reached, we will take the next student on the wait list. Wait lists will not be carried over from one year to the next.

Community Eligibility Provision - Free and Reduced Lunch Program

SEDA is participating in a Free Breakfast and Lunch program for the current school year.  This alternative is referred to as the Community Eligibility Provision.  All students enrolled at SEDA may participate in the School Breakfast Program and the National School Lunch Program at no charge.   Household applications are not required to receive free meals, but applications may be distributed by the school to collect household income data for other programs that require this information.

For additional information please contact: SEDA  Attention: Nicola Ciurro 2020 W Wells Street, Milwaukee, WI 53233, (414)937-2024, nicola.ciurro@mcfi.net.

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA. 

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits.  Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339.  Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at: http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:

(1)  Mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture

Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights

1400 Independence Avenue, SW

Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;

(2)  Fax: (202) 690-7442; or

(3)  Email: program.intake@usda.gov.

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

More information

For more information on SEDA, please contact Nicola Ciurro at (414) 937-2059 or send us an email.

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) About SEDA

Click here for frequently asked questions (and answers!) about SEDA.

To read SEDA's Notice of Child Find Activity: Confidentiality of Personally Identifiable Information, click here.

 

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SEDA SMART AND HEALTHY STUDENTS

SEDA recently received a $10,000 gift from the General Mills Champions for Healthy Kids program. Our Smart and Healthy Students program will focus on nutrition education through Little Sprouts University and regular family activities to promote nutrition in the home, and continued implementation of yoga and movement in the classroom to develop habits kids can use to reduce stress. We will also work with parents to provide their children with dietary supplements that are essential to brain health, including Vitamin D and Omega3s.

Certifications

MCFI core programs are nationally accredited by CARF (Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities.) MCFI Pediatric Skilled Nursing has earned gold certification from the Joint Commission (JCAHO).

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