School Readiness Classes

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The Bloom Program

Applications for the 2018-2019 Bloom year are now closed.

The Bloom Program is a full-time, therapeutic program for children ages 3-5 with Autism Spectrum Disorder that incorporates group and individual speech therapy, occupational therapy, and applied behavior analysis throughout the day. Bloom is a year-round program with behaviorally focused therapies designed to help children increase social skills and effective communication.  Children in Bloom work on skills both in a large group of 6-12 students and individually to maximize learning and growth during the program.

The overarching goal of Bloom is to prepare each child to enter school ready to reach his or her greatest potential. Specific skills that are addressed through the Bloom Program include appropriate play skills with friends, facilitating adaptive responses to challenging and difficult times (such as transitions, meal time, rest time), and increasing flexibility throughout the day.

Bloom is a tuition-based program with therapeutic services billed to insurance and/or Medicaid.  The application period occurs in the spring of each year.  Children must be NO older than 5 on or before September 30 of the current school year. A diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder is required for admittance into Bloom.


Application Process

We know that keeping class sizes small increases each child’s best possibility for success. Therefore, spots in the Bloom Program are limited.

In addition to completing the online application, you will need to fax or email us the following items:

For more information, please contact our CDC Coordinator, Lauren Shaw, at



School readiness programs range from $9,000 to $13,000. Tuition does not cover co-pays, deductibles, etc. Their is a registration fee of $500, and a $500 supply fee. If you need financial assistance, please click here for more information on how to apply.

If you intend to apply for financial assistance, you will need to also submit a copy of your child’s Pupil Appraisal Evaluation. If you do not have an evaluation from a Louisiana Public School District (often called Pupil Appraisal Office), you should request to start this process immediately by contacting your parish’s Pupil Appraisal department. Click HERE for the appropriate contact information.

Notice of Nondiscriminatory Policy As To Students: Baton Rouge Speech and Hearing Foundation doing business as The Emerge Center school admits students of any race, color, national or ethnic origin, gender, disability, and religion.