Two preschool girls are seated at a table facing the front of the classroom. More children are partly visible behind them.

Many deaf and hard of hearing children join the same early childhood programs as hearing children. Early childhood programs serve children too young to attend school. This article explains how teachers can meet the needs of deaf children in a mainstream early childhood program. It explains different types and levels of hearing loss and why children with different levels of hearing loss may have different needs. It also explains different strategies that parents might use to communicate with, and teach language to, their deaf or hard of hearing child. And it explains how teachers can support the parents’ choices and the child’s needs in the same classroom with their hearing classmates.

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