The first three years of a child’s life can have a decisive, long-lasting impact. Easterseals Midwest’s Early Childhood Services create nurturing environments that educate and include children of all abilities. Our goal is to partner with families and communities to promote a bright future for each child — as a team, we work together to develop a custom plan to meet your family’s needs.
Children thrive best in an environment where play-based learning can develop each child’s individual strengths. In our Early Childhood Center, children with and without a disability, from birth to five years old, learn and play together. Our Early Childhood program is designed to provide the best setting for successful learning and development. Our curriculum features the following:
*This service is only available in Kansas City, MO.
Autism is a complex neurobiological disorder that affects communication, social behavior, and development. Autism affects 1 in 68 children in the United States, but with early diagnosis, intervention, and behavioral techniques, children with autism can live full, rewarding lives in the community. At Easterseals, we customize our services to meet each individual’s and family’s need for support.
Our Early Childhood Academy is a unique, hybrid program specifically designed to teach children with autism, ages 18 months to five years old, how to interact with their peers and learn in a group setting. Staff members also support parents through in-home visits that promote their child’s progress.
*Early Childhood Academy is currently available in St. Louis and Columbia, Missouri.
Home Visiting Services offer a range of resources, including certified parent educators who visit homes to provide additional support. Home Visiting Services also include developmental screenings for children, service recommendations, and FREE support for families with young children with and without disabilities—from birth to 36 months old. Families also have the opportunity to meet other families and children through playgroups and events.
Easterseals provides Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), occupational, music, and speech therapies. Early intervention therapists work with families to assist each child’s development and offer education and support for parents. Families choose the setting that works best: home, our Early Childhood Center, or a mutually agreed upon location. Music therapy is only available in Eastern Missouri, Southeast Missouri, and Southwest Missouri.