Much of who we become is the result of our experiences within the first three years of life. Family Centered Early Supports & Services (ESS) utilizes each child’s natural curiosity to create the experiences that enhance growth and development in partnership with their families and their caregivers.
Easterseals NH has worked in partnership with parents to help children learn and develop. We provide services in natural environments, which include the home, relative's home, childcare center or home childcare, and other community settings.
Fully-licensed, credentialed and caring pediatric professionals provide expertise in these areas:
Children from birth to three years are determined to be eligible for ESS according to federal and state criteria in one of the following categories:
An ESS team will provide a Developmental Evaluation to determine your child's eligibility. Once a child is found eligible, the parents and the ESS team will develop an Individual Family Support Plan (IFSP) which includes family and child outcomes and strategies. Services will be initiated by the appropriate professional.
Meet Elliot! Elliot was born prematurely at 25 weeks, and as a result he and his family faced many health complications, they turned to Easterseals for help. Elliot and his family were paired with an early intervention specialist, Penny. She supported the entire family as they learned to address and overcome many of Elliot’s special needs. Annually, Easterseals serves more than 1,600 children through these programs. To view Elliot's full story click here.
Meet Gaby! Gaby, age 3, has certainly seen his share of challenges. After being born prematurely at 25-weeks, he spent the first 17 weeks of his life in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. While there, he contracted meningitis, started having epileptic seizures, and developed hydrocephalus, cerebrospinal fluid in the brain typically causing pressure to build in the skull. Gaby would need five surgeries to drain the fluid. He was also diagnosed with cerebral palsy, and cerebral visual impairment. His brain has trouble processing what his eyes see. To view Gaby's full story, click here.
Easterseals ESS is provided under contract with Moore Center Services, Inc. Services are funded by private insurance, Medicaid, state and federal programs and ESNH fundraising. There is never an out-of-pocket cost to families.
ESS is located in the Greater Salam area and Greater Manchester area. Please contact the office nearest you.