The Learning Program

The Learning Program is a literacy and numeracy strategies and education program for students with Down syndrome and their parents and caregivers.


Our curriculum was developed by the Down Syndrome Foundation of Orange County in California in partnership with researchers, educators and therapists. It is an innovative program that delivers evidence-based educational support to children, parents and teachers. The program’s goal is to improve the overall development and academic success of all children with Down syndrome. The program is broken down into three levels:


Level 1 is geared towards families with a child between the ages of 3-7 years old, or preschool to 1st grade. This class is best suited for families of students that are beginning to show an interest in letters and numbers and can attend to an activity for 5-10 minutes. Students should be able to understand about 50 words. This class focuses on building beginner literacy skills and materials are geared towards whole word (sight) acquisition though we quickly move-on to carrier phrases.


Level 2 is geared towards families with a child between the ages of 6-9, or 1st to 3rd grade, depending on skill level. Level 2 builds on skills acquired in Level 1 and students entering this class should have a solid foundation of Level 1 skills. They should have a bank of sight words as we will be working with predictable text such as carrier phrases and sentences with familiar pattern and repetition. Students will be developing beginning text-based comprehension skills such as understanding new vocabulary and recalling what they have just read.


Level 3 is geared towards families with a child approximately between the ages of 7-10 years old, or 2nd to 4th grade, depending on skill level. Level 3 builds on skills acquired in Level 2 and students entering this class should have a solid foundation of Level 2 skills. Students should be comfortable working with predictable text as they will be introduced to sentences that have less repetition and reliance on pattern. Students will be developing within-the-text comprehension skills using strategies to understand sequence the main idea and details of what they have read.

Virtual Classroom

The virtual program will meet via Zoom every Saturday. All of the DSC’s teaching staff has experience working with children and virtual learning. Take-home materials will be sent to families every month to help parents and caregivers reinforce student learning at home. The schedule each month would look like the following:

Week 1– Parent/caregiver session

Week 2– Math & Literacy session with teacher

Week 3– SLP Session

Week 4– OT Session

*Monthly schedules will vary based on holidays. A full schedule will be sent to families after registration*



DSC’s goal is to ensure our programs and services are provided to all, regardless of their family’s ability to pay. The annual cost of Learning Program is $2400 per child. DSC subsidizes this amount to ensure that families are able to receive the services at a reduced tuition cost or none at all.

The Learning Program’s tuition is a one-time, non-refundable $500 which includes books and class materials. There is an option for families who already have books. That is a one-time, non-refundable $300. Tuition goes towards:

  • Books
  • Class materials
  • Teaching staff
  • Shipping costs

A sliding fee scale is available based on each family’s needs. Please contact Katelyn Peters at [email protected]  for more information or to see if you qualify.



The Learning Program is open to children in Kindergarten – 6th Grade. Classes can be offered in Spanish with a translator. Contact Katelyn Peters at [email protected] for more information.

Each family must complete a registration form and complete the tuition payment by the registration deadline. When filling out the registration form please use the address you would like program materials mailed to. DSC will be mailing all materials on a monthly basis.

Registration is now closed.