Programs for Children

Our programs serve children with hearing loss and communication challenges from birth through age 18, and families are included! The purpose of providing ongoing services is to ensure that children and families always have access to help with they need it and have access to a community that empowers its members.

Infants & Toddlers

FACES (Family, Audiology, Counseling, Education, Speech)

Many children with hearing loss are diagnosed shortly after birth or as infants. This can be an overwhelming time for parents, who need guidance about the services available to their child and family. Coordinating care with many different professionals can be confusing and time-consuming, so our FACES program was developed in response to the need to help families during this critical time period.

Participants will work with our staff members to learn more about their options of devices, education, and communication modalities. Team members are experts in the fields of hearing care, speech, education, and support for children with hearing loss – and the team works together to help you design the best comprehensive plan for your child’s unique needs.

Hearing loss is a different experience for every child and every family, and your team will be with you as challenges or questions arise.

Language & Communication Early Start Program

All aspects of our curriculum are designed to motivate communication, stimulate language use, promote listening skills and strengthen each child’s speech skills. Goals and objectives for each child are implemented in curricular activities that integrate current research. Best practices are used to address children’s receptive and expressive language skills, fine and gross motor development, thinking skills and developmental goals.

Classes are held Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays 9:30am-12pm.

Ages 3-5 | Chatterbug School


Chatterbug School’s approach is designed to stimulate language, cognitive, motor, and social skills development, preparing each child for a successful transition to Kindergarten. Kindergarten-readiness skills include pre-reading skills, pre-math skills, physical development, and social development.

The program at Chatterbug School is a planned limited-enrollment program to deliver instruction carefully designed to teach age-appropriate skills in child-centered activities while focusing on individual needs to address your child’s growth and self-esteem, and family concerns while developing a home-school partnership.

The Chatterbug School at the Hearing and Speech Center integrates with our programs for children with hearing loss and speech delays. These mainstream opportunities are vital to children with special needs and also increase the learning and social growth of children without disabilities. Children at Chatterbug School benefit from both an enriched academic environment and social growing opportunities.


Curriculum at San Francisco Chatterbug School is both thematic and play-based. Thematic planning ensures that there is a continual theme running throughout the preschool on a monthly basis. This ensures consistency and supports child learning. Play-based curriculum strengthens what children do best, learn. They develop social skills, fine motor skills, gross motor skills, reasoning skills, coping skills, and problem solving skills.

Art & Music

Art is centered around a monthly theme, encourages children to be creative, and is held daily. Music is also held daily and gives children another creative avenue in which to express themselves.

Field Trips

Field trips are part of the curriculum at San Francisco Chatterbug School. Field trips are taken to enhance and make connections to topics and concepts previously learned about at school.

Typical Daily Routine (Times are approximate.)

8:00-9:30am Arrivals & Learning Centers (block area, manipulatives, library, free art)
9:30-9:55am Pre-Kindergarten Skills for Older Kids (pre-writing, pre-reading, scissor skills). Outside time or sensory activities for younger kids.
9:55-10:00am Clean-up Time
10:00-10:15am Story Time
10:15-10:30am Snack Time
10:30-11:00am Music Time (co-mingle with other classrooms)
11:00-11:50am Outside Time
11:50am-12:45pm Morning Activity Time: Learning Centers and Teacher Directed Activity (cooking, art or a science-based project)
12:45-1:15pm Circle Time (stories, songs, games, alphabet, numbers)
1:15-1:30pm Lunch Time
1:30-2:00pm Parents Pick-up and Nap Time Prep
2:00-3:30pm Nap and Quiet Time
3:30-3:35pm Wake-up Time, Bathroom & Handwashing
3:35-3:45pm Afternoon Snack
3:45-4:00pm Afternoon Activity (choice between indoor learning centers or outside play)
4:00pm Time to Go Home

Tuition Rates

An initial non-refundable fee of $25.00 will be due upon enrollment. Preschool is 8:00am-1:30pm, and optional Extended Care is 1:30-4:00pm. Tuition will be billed monthly as follows:

Days per Week Preschool Extended Care
1 $215 $85
2 $410 $165
3 $620 $245
4 $860 $330
5 $985 $410

Ages 6-13 | Listen Up!

Our program consists of working with all Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing children between the ages of 6 and 13 who reside in San Francisco. Our services include:

  • Weekly after-school programs
  • Monthly events that will allow students to explore the city and connect with peers
  • Annual summer camps in partnership with YMCA’s Camp Jones Gulch
  • Academic tutoring

Ages 13-18 | Future Links

Our future Links Program for youth you are Deaf or Hard-of-Hearing is a city-wide program that focuses on transition curriculum preparing youth for post-secondary education, employment, and independent living. Future Links will support youth with hearing loss on cultural identity and self-advocacy skills throughout the year. For more information, please contact Steven Lopez at


HEAR U: Pediatric Hearing & Speech/Language Series

Presenters will discuss milestones and treatment options in audiology and speech/language. This class will help guide you through the wide range of resources available for children with communication needs.

HEAR U are a series of classes provided at no cost to participants, but donations are gladly accepted. Your support helps us continue our educational programs.

For more information, contact Jessie Johnson, Clinical Practice Manager, at (415) 921-7658 or

Cochlear Implant Support for Children & Families

The Hearing and Speech Center provides comprehensive support to cochlear implant recipients and candidates through a partnership with the UCSF Cochlear Implant Center. Our program, Cochlear Implant Interconnect, will connect your family with a team dedicated to helping you and your child navigate the process of obtaining a cochlear implant and meeting your communication goals. Services include educational guidance, counseling, speech therapy, and support tailored to your needs.

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