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Early Intervention Program for Infants and Toddlers

  History of Our Early Intervention (EI) Program

In the 1960’s LCARC established a pre-school program called “Little-Bird”. Eventually the program name was changed to Lawrence County Growth and Development Center and the program found a permanent home on the grounds of St. Joseph Church in the elementary school building. Initially the program was for children up to 5 years of age. When the Department of Education and DPW partnered to develop the Early Intervention Programs available today, our focus became early childhood education age birth to three. As philosophies further changed over the years, “center based” services were replaced with “natural environments”. Now all services occur in the child’s home or another natural environment, and the focus is on family training and involvement.

For more than 60 years we have been motivated to provide education and services for children and families living in Lawrence County.

  What is Early Intervention?

The goal of our EI program is to work with infants and toddlers age birth to three who may need extra help learning. Our EI program helps infants and toddlers with disabilities or delays to learn key skills and meet developmental milestones. Our services are provided at no cost to you. Early Intervention programs are funded by the Federal, State, and County governments. Eligible children can receive early intervention services from birth through their third birthday.

  Does My Baby Need Early Intervention?

It’s not uncommon for parents and family members to be concerned when their beautiful baby or toddler doesn’t seem to be developing according to the typical schedule of “baby” milestones.

“He hasn’t rolled over yet.”

“The child next door is already sitting up on her own!”

“Shouldn't my child be saying a few words by now?”

Sound familiar? While it’s true that children develop differently, at their own pace, and that the range of what’s “normal” development is quite broad, it’s hard not to worry and wonder.

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Talk with your pediatrician if you believe your child is not developing at a normal pace. Explain your concerns and what you have seen with your child. Your doctor is the best resource to help alleviate your worries and to help you find out if your child does have a disability or developmental delay or if the child is at risk for having a disability or delay.

You can also refer to our developmental milestones section for key indicators of baby and toddler development and approximately when the milestones should occur.


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For more information on the EI program at LCARC and how we can help,
please call 724.658.8515 or email us at lcarc@lcarconline.org.