October 1969 3 children, 1 class.
June 1970 7 children, 1 class.
September 1970 Provisional charter granted by the New York State Board of Regents.
February 1971 Little Village School moves to expanded facilities in Baldwin with 14 Children, 2 classes.
September 1973 Little Village School moves to expanded facilities in Merrick with 44 children, 6 classes.
October 1973 Absolute Charter granted by the New York State Board of Regents.
February 1975 Absolute Charter granted to extend age to ten.
February 1976 44 children, 7 classes.
September 1976 Early Intervention Program introduced.
September 1978 Absolute Charter granted by the New York State Board of Regents to educate children to age ten.
August 1979 Little Village School moves to new facility in Garden City.
September 1979 Little Village expands to ten classes.
September 1979 Charter granted by New York State Board of Regents to educate children through grade school.
September 1981 Little Village School expands to 13 classes.
January 1982 Little Village introduces after-school therapeutic recreation Program for children and their families.
February 1982 Little Village School expands to 14 classes.
September 1982 Pilot Perceptual Motor Program begins.
February 1984 Little Village expands to 15 classes.
Spring 1984 Grant received for on-site audiological services.
Spring 1985 Audiological Evaluation initiated.
Spring 1985 Grant for respite/therapeutic recreation services received from the NYS
Office of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities
Spring 1985 Little Village produces film, "The Best in Every Child".
Summer 1985 Grant received from OMRDD Interim Services.
Spring 1987 Initiated programs to establish an Intermediate Care Facility (group home).
September 1987 Little Village purchases Intermediate Care Facility in Manhasset.
September 1988 Home-Based Early Intervention Program introduced.
December 1988 Little Village Intermediate Care Facility opens.
January 1990 Approved as an Evaluation Site for Preschoolers to determine if they have special education or related service needs.
April 1990 Little Village dedicates the "Jim Abbot Adaptive Playfield".
September 1991 Augmentative Communication Technology intro duced; Consultive
Speech-Language Program Model introduced in classroom.
September 1992 Little Village expands to 17 classes.
September 1992 Computer Education Project initiated.
September 1994 Little Village moves to new expanded facility in Bellmore.
September 1994 Adaptive Behavior Modification Class opens.
September 1994 Little Village initiates Inclusion model after-school recreation with Bellmore Day Care.
October 1994 Little Village is officially renamed: Little Village School
The Jack Joel Center for Special Children.
September 1995 Inclusion program begins with Hi Hello Nursery School and a Bellmore kindergarten class.
September 1996 Little Village opens a model program for autistic children based upon a combination of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), Sensory Integration (SI), and Social / Emotional / Pragmatic Language theory and methodology.
September 1997 Development of additional Applied Behavioral Analysis Classes.
January 1998 Center Based Toddler Program - Parent-Child Model, 3 day a week class for learning language and socialization.
September 1999 Inception of Special Class in an Integrated Setting (SCIS) with children.
October 1999 School celebrates "30 Years of Excellence".
August 2001 Ground Breaking Event in Seaford.
July 2002 School opens at its new location and officially renamed
The Hagedorn Little Village School, Jack Joel Center for Special Children.
September 2002 Installation of a handicapped accessible play ground, dedicated to alumni Keith Hughes. Installation of memorial garden.
November 2002 Founders Caryl Bank, Ph.D. and Barbara Feingold, Ph.D. elected to the Long Island Volunteer Hall of Fame.
July 2003 Dedication of Donor Wall.
July 2003 Installation of commemorative "Pathway to the Future" brick Walkway.
May 2004 Opening of Gladys Brooks Foundation Library.
May 2004 Grant approved for opening a new IRA group home.
February 2005 Newsday & The Times Mirror Foundation Grant - Opening of Parent Resource & Reading Room & Children’s outdoor reading area.
May 2005 Initiation of a program for evaluating children for augmentative communication devices.
October 2005 Opening of The Hagedorn Memorial Garden.
June 2006 Continuing Education Board of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) approval to provide continuing ed.
July 2006 Opening of summer class for elementary age school children from the community.
September 2006 Expansion of Augmentation Communication Evaluation Program to include elementary age children from the community.
July 2007 Opening of a new Little Village Group Home - IRA in Port Washington.
September 2007 Second Special Class in an Integrated Setting (SCIS) which expands the School to 21 classes.
October 2008 Implemented evening workshop series for parents and staff .
June 2009 LIASEA Award of Distinction presented to Caryl Bank and Barbara Feingold.
June 2009 Retirement of HLVS founders Caryl Bank and Barbara Feingold.
July 2009 Approved site to provide the NYS Training in the Needs of Students with Autism.
September 2009 Addition of 3rd Early Intervention Class
September 2009 Installation of a new playground, donated by The Junior League of LI.
October 2009 CARP - After school program - Participation in movement, gym, music and arts and crafts.
October 2009 ACES - After school program - Classes in a variety of areas including sports, music and drama.
March 2010 Addition of 4th Early Intervention Class
May 2010 Babysitting Night Program introduced for Little Village families.
September 2010 Addition of Full Day EI ABA Class.
February 2011 HLVS recognized as a NY State Clean Air Champion.
July 2011 HLVS installs solar panels.
January 2012 Awarded grant from Insurance Industry Charitable Foundation fund Augmentative Communications Program
June 2012 Approval given for new 8-1-3 preschool class.
June 2012 Executive Director Jon Feingold receives Mass Mutual Disability Leadership Award.
June 2013 Ground breaking for new wing.
December 2013 Completed new building, including new class rooms, a new OT/PT Center, expanded therapy rooms and increased on-site storage.
July 2014 Ribbon Cutting for opening of new wing.
September 2014 Opening of new full day preschool class for students with hearing impairments and language delays.
SEPTEMBER 2015 Added two new 8-1-3 classes for children with autism spectrum disorders
January 2016 Added One new 8-1-3 Class FOR CHILDREN WITH AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDERS
AUGUST 2016 HLVS HOSTS FIRST LONG ISLAND SPECIAL OLYMPICS YOUNG ATHLETES EVENT
SEPTEMBER 2016 EXPANDED ONE OF OUR HALF DAY INCLUSION CLASSES TO A FULL DAY PROGRAM
NOVEMBER 2016 HLVS RECEIVES LONG ISLAND "CORPORATE CULTURE" AWARD
SEPTEMBER 2017 EXTENDED 2ND INCLUSION CLASS TO A FULL DAY PROGRAM
2019 - 2020 CELEBRATING OUR 50TH YEAR!
When Little Village was founded by Caryl Bank, Ph.D. and Barbara Feingold, Ph.D., in October, 1969, there were limited facilities in Nassau County for the education of preschoolers with disabilities. From the timeline below you can see how we've grown from three children in a "one room school house" to serving hundreds of children in our state-of-the-art school in Seaford, New York.