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OuR Programs 

Early Intervention Services

We provide Early Intervention Services for children birth to three years of age who are eligible through Louisiana’s Early Steps Program. We are a family-centered program that provides services in the home, child care settings, and other community settings. The following services are available: Special Instruction, Speech Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Family Support Coordination, Social Work Services, Nursing Services, and Parent Education Services. We serve children in the following parishes: East Baton Rouge, West Baton Rouge, East Feliciana, West Feliciana, Iberville, Pointe Coupee, and Ascension.

Training and Technical Assistance Projects

Our staff provides training, technical assistance, mentor/coaching, professional support, and individual consultations to community-based programs and school systems. Through these projects child care providers, teachers, support personnel, and parents are provided with the opportunity for training to promote the successful inclusion of children with disabilities in natural environments. These projects are designed to increase the ability of the participants and the programs they work for in providing high quality, inclusive educational services.

The Inclusive Child Care Program through The Arc Early Head Start and
Child Care Center

The purpose of this program is to provide quality inclusive early childhood care and education to children with and without disabilities. This is accomplished through a partnership with the YWCA Early Head Start. Through this partnership, 64 children are provided quality child care and education. The program is licensed as a Louisiana Class A child care center and follows all Early Head Start Performance Standards. Core values of the program include promoting positive relationships with families, inclusion of children with special needs, community collaboration, and parental involvement.

Parent Support Projects

The purpose of this program is to support parents of children with disabilities in their endeavors to provide the best for their children. One current project is specifically designed to assist families in the transition process from one Early Childhood Program to another (i.e.-Early Steps to the school system or Head Start) by providing written information, workshops, and by providing individual technical assistance.

School Age Support Projects
The purpose of this program is to support school age children with disabilities and their families in enhancing their quality of life. These projects are designed to provide training, technical assistance, and support to child care programs, summer camp programs, recreation programs, before and afterschool programs, and elementary schools in our community in order that children with behavioral challenges, developmental concerns, and significant disabilities can be successful in these programs. Additionally, on an individual basis as needed specific therapies, such as speech therapy, may be provided.