WHAT ARE EARLY SUPPORTS & SERVICES?
What role do educators play?
Who provides Early Supports & Services?
Is there a difference between Early Supports and Services and ‘Early Intervention’?
Click here to watch Suzanne Iverson, DS COO at Community Partners, as she answers these questions and discusses the basics of Early Supports and Services for children birth to three years old and their families in several informative video interviews.
Click here to watch ‘LEARN THE SIGNS. ACT EARLY. RESOURCES FOR PARENTS’ video from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). “In this video, parents of young children share their personal experiences of using CDC’s “Learn the Signs. Act Early.” tools and resources to learn about child development, recognize the milestones their child should be reaching, and guide them about what to do if they ever become concerned.”
EARLY SUPPORTS & SERVICES?
Early Supports & Services, or ‘Early Intervention’ provides developmental supports and services to eligible children birth to age three years, who have special developmental needs. Participation in this program can help improve your child’s ability to develop and learn, and can help you and your family learn ways to support and promote your child’s development, within your family activities and community life.
In New Hampshire, the overall system of early intervention is known as Family-Centered Early Supports & Services (FCESS). It is designed to “connect” a family with early supports and services, such as educational, occupational, social work, speech or physical therapy, to help infants and toddlers grow and develop, and to help their family in this process. It is a voluntary program, anyone can refer a child, and there is no cost to families.
WHY EARLY SUPPORTS & SERVICES WORKS FOR INFANTS AND TODDLERS.
The term “early” intervention is important because research shows that the first three years are the most important time for developing and learning in a child’s life. The goal of early supports and services in New Hampshire and at Community Partners is to “open a window of opportunity” for families to help their children with special needs develop to their full potential. It may also prevent or decrease the need for special help during the school age years.
For a summary of the current state rules that govern Community Partners’ Early Supports & Services, please refer to this webpage:
DEVELOPMENTAL SUPPORTS & SERVICES
By promoting optimal growth and development for children birth to age three with developmental delays, Community Partners’ Early Supports & Services (ESS) provides assessment, therapy, service coordination, education and support to eligible children and their families.
Developmental Supports & Services for Children:
- Developmental Evaluations
- Therapeutic and Educational Home Visits
- Feeding and Nutrition Programs
- Assistive Technology
- Sensory Integration
- Developmental Monitoring
- Service Coordination
Developmental Supports & Services for Parents:
- Support in promoting your child’s development at home or in childcare.
- Guidance on how to incorporate therapeutic activities into daily routines.
- Written summary of each visit with follow-up recommendations.
- Information regarding community resources and services.