The Child Language Center

A Tucson Arizona Preschool

We have a few seats left for fall!
Come join us!

Call to schedule a tour today, before it’s too late!
Ask about Full-Day + Speech Therapy options
Financial assistance available
Ages 2.5 – 5
DES approved

The school will be closed Sept 6th in observance of Labor Day

Ask us about Story School beginning Sept.15th with our friends at Make Way for Books!


The Child Language Center is a non-profit community outreach program that has provided early intervention services to children with speech/language disorders since 1989. Its activities are supported by The Scottish Rite Charitable Foundation, The University of Arizona, and the generosity of individuals and organizations in the Tucson area.

The mission of the CLC is to benefit children with language disorders through unique, specialized early intervention programs, and to support research and professional training to improve language learning.

Our school is open

We continue to monitor metrics issued by the AZ Dept of Health Services and the Pima County Health Dept to safely operate. We are carrying out the recommended and up-to-date COVID – 19 mitigation practices: Masks are required for all staff, and wellness checks are completed every day upon arrival. Continuous disinfection of surfaces occurs throughout the day, air filtration has been upgraded and children spend most of the day outdoors in our enhanced outdoor learning environments.

A waiting list will be offered as any remaining seats are filled. Enrollment is on a first-come, first-served basis. An application fee is required. There is an additional fee If a speech-language assessment is needed. Click here for application, fee schedule and scholarship information.

Speech Therapy

Wings on Words, individual, small group, and classroom-based services are provided for children enrolled in our preschool.

A limited number of in-person or teletherapy sessions are available (p.m. slots only) for children who are NOT enrolled in the toddler or preschool programs. An introductory session is available free of charge to help you and your child get acquainted with the format and be sure this type of service delivery is a good fit for everyone. These 30-minute sessions are $40.
Services are provided and supervised by licensed and certified Speech-Language Pathologists (SLP). SLP-Assistants and graduate student clinicians enrolled in UA’s Department of Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences also provide individual and small group services under the supervision of our SLPs.

To get started with teletherapy services OR to be added to our wait list for preschool-based therapy services, please call the school at 520-628-1659 or you may leave a message. We’ll get back to you with details and scheduling options within 24 hours.


Our 2021-22 Summer Camp is slated for next July. Enrollment will be offered on a space-available basis beginning March 15, 2022.

Moving Forward

Wings on Words has served children and families for over 20 years! We are a one-of-a-kind, non-profit that relies on the generous support of foundations, organizations, and individuals like YOU to operate.

Please consider a donation in any amount to ensure our important mission continues for the next 20 years, uninterrupted, because talking really does matter!

Enrollment Eligibility

All children must meet the following entrance criteria:

  • Between 2.5-5 years old (Summer Camp 3 ½-8)
  • Age-appropriate nonverbal cognitive skills.
  • With the exception of speech or language disorders, have no identified neurological disorders.
  • Provide proof of up-to-date immunizations.
  • Have completed enrollment information on file.
  • Independent toileting skills (for Preschoolers only). 

Because of the philanthropic goals of the Scottish Rite Charitable Foundation and our ongoing affiliation with research programs in the UA Dept. of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences, the school’s enrollment is limited to:

  • Children with normally developing language skills and
  • Children with developmental language disorder (DLD), phonological disorder, or speech delay.

Children who require more than speech and language therapy services are referred to programs in our community, including the Grunewald-Blitz Clinic for Communication Disorders in Children on the U of A campus, public school preschool programs, and to agencies that provide specialized therapy services for young children. 

We work to help families secure the best services for their children when needs are beyond our scope of practice. We advocate for all young children, but we do not provide a comprehensive program to meet all special education needs.