For Immediate Release

Easterseals Lonestar to Launch New Child Development Program in Austin Area

May 25, 2023

Program to Serve Children of All Abilities from Six Weeks to Six Years Old

A little girl holding a little boy's hand as they walk toward a playground. They represent how children who attend Little Lonestar Academy can help each other learn and grow.

May 25, 2023—Lakeway, Texas—Easterseals Lonestar, a combination of Easterseals Central Texas and Easterseals North Texas, is expanding its successful Child Development Program into the Austin area by launching the Little Lonestar Academy in Lakeway, Texas. The new program will begin accepting applications on June 1.

The Little Lonestar Academy in Lakeway is an expansion of a program in Carrollton that serves children of all abilities from age 6 weeks to 6 years. The Little Lonestar Academy will provide developmentally appropriate curricula, experiences, and activities designed for optimal growth. Classrooms are staffed by professionals in the fields of education, child development, and behavior analysis. Under the supervision of a board-certified behavior analyst, the program provides Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) therapy for children with autism as well as kindergarten preparation for all children. Easterseals Lonestar’s flagship program in Carrollton is modeled off of the Walden Early Childhood Center, developed by Dr. Gail McGee, emphasizing engagement, language, and social skill development.

“We look forward to bringing our successful child development program to Lakeway, Texas in order to help all children fully realize their potential,” said Tod Marvin, President of Easterseals Lonestar. “Ninety-six percent of children with autism in our North Texas program move on to regular kindergarten and we are looking forward to bringing similar results to Lakeway. What’s wonderful about this model is that all children can benefit, with children with autism learning from their typically developing peers, and typically developing children gaining skills in problem solving and leadership—and they learn to recognize difference as ordinary.”

For more information about the program and to schedule a tour, visit the Little Lonestar Academy website

About Easterseals Lonestar
Easterseals Lonestar is an organizational merger of Easterseals Central Texas and Easterseals North Texas under the same administrative and leadership team. Easterseals Lonestar promotes independence and creates opportunities for people with disabilities to pursue their hopes and dreams. Easterseals Lonestar is a member of The Fedcap Group. For nearly ninety years, The Fedcap Group has developed scalable, innovative, and potentially disruptive solutions to some of society’s most pressing needs. Serving 340,000 people this past fiscal year, The Fedcap Group provides educational services to every age group, vocational training and job attainment in high-growth industries, as well as support services such as behavioral health services—all targeted to helping people achieve long-term self-sufficiency.

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