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The Early Learning Program of Community Connections is a home-based, family-centered early intervention program for families and caregivers of young children ages birth to three. Services are provided in partnership with biological parents, foster parents, grandparents and any other important people in the child’s life. The Early Learning Program provides services for families with infants and toddlers with developmental delays and/or disabilities. The program also serves children who may be at risk for developmental delays including those born prematurely, those exposed to substances during pregnancy, or children who have experienced varying degrees of trauma. We also have many services available for families who are simply curious about their child’s development and would like to learn more. We are here to support families to better understand and support their child’s growth and development in the critical early years of childhood.

Services may include:

Home & Community Visits: Based on priorities families identify we can help find ways to work with their child at home and in community settings where children this age typically spend time.

Service Coordination: This involves making sure services offered within our program happen smoothly, as well as coordination and collaboration among different service providers working with your child and family.

Resources for Parents: We have a library of books, DVD’s and general information on a variety of parenting, child development and other topics relating to young children.

Special Instruction: Early Learning staff has a wealth of information and ideas for supporting the development of young children. They will work with you to help you develop and implement individualized strategies that will support your child’s development.

Developmental Therapy: Educational, Occupational, Physical, and Speech services based on needs identified by the child’s parent/caregiver and your service coordinator.

Developmental Screenings: Parents or other caregivers can use the Ages and Stages Questionnaires (ASQ) to track their child’s development and find out if they are meeting their developmental milestones on time or if there is a delay. The questionnaires are quick and easy to fill out and can provide valuable information about your child’s developmental progress.

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Why is Early Intervention Important?

baby with drumThe first three years of life are a period of incredible growth. Research supports the effectiveness of early intervention to significantly impact a child’s developmental progress. Experiences early in life are especially crucial in organizing the brain’s basic structures, as they create the foundation for all future learning and behavior. The earlier services geared toward supporting the child’s development are provided, the greater the long-term impact there will be for the child.

The primary supporters of a child’s early life experiences and this rapid brain development are the people that they interact with most throughout the day — their families, parents, grandparents, childcare providers, foster parents and other primary caregivers. In other words, children learn in the context of relationships. All services provided by Community Connections Early Learning Program are designed to support the child’s development through these most important relationships.