In order to help our children successfully attain their greatest potential, the Department of Early Childhood works in collaboration with more than 30 contracted childcare providers. We provide for the physical, social, emotional, and cognitive development of all of our children, and, as often as possible, we work to place children with disabilities in regular preschool classrooms. We accomplish these goals by providing support staff and services. These include:
Community & Parent Involvement Specialist, who helps develop partnerships between families, schools and the community. The Specialist assists with needs assessments, staffs the Early Childhood Advisory Council, organizes and oversees family-involvement plans and activities, and coordinates work with other agencies.
Health Services facilitates and strengthens our children’s ability to learn by helping to improve and protect the health of students, staff, and families. The Early Childhood Program nurses conduct screenings for immunizations and for vision and hearing problems. The nurses provide physical and emotional support when there are illnesses or injuries, which are a normal part of growing up. They also provide daily support to children with chronic health needs, and advice on healthy eating and safety.
Positive Behavior Support (PBS) is a team approach to addressing children’s behavior, and supporting the development of positive, long-term, and meaningful outcomes.
Preschool Intervention & Referral Team (PIRT) works with parents, school administrators, childcare directors and school staff to increase the inclusion of children in regular preschool classrooms by focusing on cognitive, social-emotional, communication, adaptive and motor development issues. The expert team includes Learning Disabilities Teacher-Consultants, Social Workers, Play Therapists, Speech Language Specialists, and Psychologists.
To learn more about our Early Childhood Preschool Support Services, please phone 201-915-6045.