“As an educator myself, I know my child’s education is one of the most important things I can give to her. Participating in the Learning Program gave me access to resources to help Scarlett learn to read. The books Scarlett received from the program are some of her favorites. Scarlett is only 4 years old. One of the books from the program she reads on her own. Having the Learning Program resources are more crucial than ever before. Scarlett has not stepped foot in a preschool classroom since March of 2020. I am so thankful I have resources from the Learning Program to help me fill in the learning gaps caused by her not being in in-person school.”
Laura Yost


The Learning Program is an educational program aimed at helping children with Down syndrome succeed. Based on a program originally developed by our affiliate partner, the Down Syndrome Foundation of Orange County, this nationally recognized model for parent-focused educational intervention is grounded in evidence-based approaches to teaching children with Down syndrome. 

The Learning Program is parent/child focused and empowers parents to teach their children reading, math and other skills using various materials and methods. In addition, it teaches parents the skills they need to advocate for their students with Down syndrome.

At each session of the Learning Program, parents will drop off their student downstairs in the DSACK Learning Center, while the parents attend a workshop upstairs in the DSACK conference room. To ensure safety and best practices, the classroom is for students ages 5 to 9; however, parents who have a child ages 2 to 11 are welcome to attend the parent classes.

Students work with a special education teacher, while parents are led by the DSACK education coordinator.

Learning Program

For children ages 5-9; for parents of children ages 2-11.

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