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Infant Development celebrates young children with programs for all ages

PHOTO PROVIDED Children and staff work on the “Tasty Tuesdays” program, which is included in the PA PROMISE Initiative.

LOCK HAVEN — The PA PROMISE Initiative “Month of the Young Child” was celebrated in the month of April and the local organization Infant Development did its part to focus on the needs of young children and their families and recognize early childhood programs and services that meet those needs.

This year the Infant Development program took the guidelines of the program and implemented the “Tasty Tuesdays” and “Artsy Thursdays” program in the young toddler class.

If you are looking for quality education for your child or to expand your knowledge to support your family Infant Development can help.

The following are programs offered at Infant Development:

∫ Stepping Stones Preschool offers quality experiences to children ages 2 years, 9 months until kindergarten age. All areas of a child’s development are focused on — language and literacy, social and emotional, cognitive, physical and fine motor.

Stepping Stones, in existence since 1994, offers a play-based, quality program that focuses on the whole child and the family. Experienced developmental teachers utilize the pre-kindergarten Pennsylvania Learning Standards for Early Childhood and Keystone Stars Performance Standards.

Classroom options include two day per week morning class for children ages 2 years, 9 months to young threes and three day per week morning and afternoon classes. Stepping Stones preschool offers open enrollment so a child can be enrolled at any time.

∫ The Infant Development Program provides free of charge early interventions services based on the individual needs of a child and family. Services are offered home based to those children who are birth to age 3 and via a unique center-based learning opportunity for children aged 3 to 5 years. The center-based program is designed to meet the developmental needs specific to each child.

There are a variety of classroom opportunities for the children ranging from a reverse mainstream classroom, which is a learning environment providing an opportunity to interact with typically developing children, to a specialized classroom. Within the Early Intervention Program, the following services are available: Developmental Screenings, Educational Instruction, Speech and Language Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Vision Therapy, Hearing Services, as well as family services and support.

∫ Parents as Teachers is a parent education and family support program serving families in their homes prenatally through kindergarten entry. This is a free program available to any family in Clinton County. Parent educators provide developmentally appropriate activities for children, milestone tracking, various screenings, and referrals if needed. Families are invited to attend monthly Group Connection events as well. Parents as Teachers is funded by the Maternal Infant and Early Childhood Visiting Program (MIECHV).

∫ The PACT Program (Parents and Children Together), provides free parenting services to families in the Clinton County area. The program was originally called the Perinatal Program in 1993 and was implemented to support young moms who were pregnant and/or with babies. Over time this program grew into what we now call PACT and it offers multi-parenting programs. Those programs are the Zero to Three Program, Children in the Middle Program and Building your Family Program. The organization works with families with newborns and children up to the age of 15 years old. Center based and home-based educational support is provided at no cost to families.

Infant Development is a United Way partnership agency.

If you would like more information on any of the programs Infant Development is offering, please call 570-748-3928.

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