KinderFrogs School, a laboratory preschool of the TCU College of Education, provides an early-intervention educational program for children from ages 18 months to six years with Down syndrome. Early intervention is critical for these children to reach their fullest potential, and with a student-to-teacher ratio of 3:1, KinderFrogs provides the highest quality of early childhood education. The school enrolls about 30 students per year and serves as a resource clearinghouse for scores of other families. The School also serves as an on-campus training laboratory for students studying to become teachers in Special Education, Physical Therapy, Speech-Language Pathology, and other areas. University students are an active and vital part of KinderFrogs as observers, practice teachers, classroom aides, and beginning educational researchers.
Children with Down syndrome often suffer accompanying medical conditions, and the required medical and therapeutic intervention can be costly. KinderFrogs families are charged tuition, but the tuition is applied on a sliding scale based on each family's ability to pay. The School provides many of the services these children require - occupational, physical, and speech therapies, as well as a tailored educational program. But for some young families, the cost of tuition is almost insurmountable.
In the 2008-2009 academic year, 83% of KinderFrogs families received scholarship support. Speedway Childrens Charities is always plays a major role in providing those scholarships.