Early Start Program
The Early Start program provides early intervention and educational services for young children who are developmentally delayed or disabled from birth to three years of age and their families. Children served may be challenged with autism, Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, intellectual disabilities, speech and language impairments, traumatic brain injuries or other disabilities or delays.
Early childhood education and therapeutic services, including occupational, speech and physical therapies, are offered in both community-integrated center-based settings as well as through home visits, to best meet families’ interests and service access needs. Both of these approaches offer many opportunities to enhance child development while also providing critical support and assistance to parents and other family members.
All services are provided by cultural competent and bilingual staff who can effectively work with families speaking Armenian, Farsi, Russian, and Spanish.
This program operates similarly to a traditional pre-school with socialization activities, outdoor play, healthy snacks and lunches, community activities, and typically developing peer role models, along with the addition of occupational, physical, and speech therapy. Our licensed centers also maintain a low 1:3 classroom ratio of staff to children, which is critically important when working with children with special needs.
These services provide early childhood education in conjunction with parent education via a home visiting service delivery model. Based on an assessment of each family’s needs, strengths, and challenges, an individualized service plan is developed. Home visits can occur on a weekly or monthly basis depending on each family’s needs.