The Learning and Language Center at Calico was founded in 2013 by Speech and Language Pathologists and Early Intervention Specialists who wanted to create a program of excellence for children to succeed in the future. The founders worked in a variety of professional settings and recognized that the current structure of therapy is limiting and not in the best interest of every client. Believing that early intervention is the key to future academic, social, and personal success for children, the founders decided to offer a program that serves the most vulnerable populations: refugee, underserved, underinsured, at risk, and special needs. 

After a 6 month pilot program, full operations began January 2014 with three classes of five students. By May 2014, a large increase in number of students required the hiring of staff, additional Speech Language Pathologists, and teachers. In June 2014 the program expanded to offer both morning and afternoon classes, 5 days a week for 50 weeks each year. In 2016, our center expanded to include an occupational therapy gym and Multi-Sensory Environment (MSE) room.

Our center currently serves 95 children and has served refugee families from over 20 countries around the world.  Over 256 children have successfully completed our program and gone on to enter Kindergarten with skills commensurate to their peers. Our goal is to continue to grow the program to maximize our impact in our community's underserved populations.

Pictured: Students in one of our first classes, 2014

Pictured: Students in one of our first classes, 2014

Pictured: The center’s first bus to transport kids to and from school

Pictured: The center’s first bus to transport kids to and from school