For children born with a developmental disability, early intervention is best. The programs allow infants, toddlers and preschoolers to develop positive self-esteem, learn early readiness skills, and develop self-care habits all in a group setting. Our range of services help families address the challenges children with special needs may face while also ensuring Kindergarten readiness for all children.
Child Development Center
At our Child Development Center, we follow an inclusive model which serves both typically developing children and children with disabilities (six-weeks-old to three-years-old) by providing physical, occupational and speech therapy. Children who are developing normally show remarkable compassion and care for their peers from a young age. As a full-day, year-round program, our low student to teacher ratio allows students to have an individualized early education experience.
Pre-K Enhancement Program
The Pre-K Enhancement Program serves children between the ages of three to four years, in a six-hour, year-round program. Before and After Care services are available as needed.
- Early care and early education, recreational and enrichment activities
- Meals/nutrition education
- Screenings and periodic assessments
- Nursing services
- Therapy services: Speech and Language, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Developmental Therapy, Behavior Management
- Parent training
The Center conducts developmental evaluations for District of Columbia infants and toddlers to determine eligibility for Early Intervention Services. Follow-up assessments and single discipline evaluations as also conducted. The information is shared with the families and used to determine goals, objectives, and services needed in the development of an Individual Family Service Plan.
Dedicated Service Coordination
Dedicated Service Coordinators provide support and case management for family in the District of Columbia who have children identified with special needs, as defined by the District’s criteria for Early Intervention Services. The Dedicated Service Coordinators work in collaboration with families to ensure services are identified and in place; Individual Family Service Plans are developed, and progress is monitored. The Coordinators ensure that all families are familiar with their Rights under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (Part C).
Early Intervention Therapy Services
At Kennedy, we offer comprehensive supports, to include occupational therapy, speech and language therapy, physical therapy, specialized instruction, and behavior management. Children who have been found eligible to receive Early Intervention Services can have their therapies provided by Kennedy personnel.