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 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.
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 Salem area and Greater Manchester area. Please contact the office nearest you.
When Dominic DiFranco was born on July 30, 2015, doctors noticed a small curve in his spine. Additionally, he was experiencing GI issues, heart rate irregularities, and seemed to be favoring his right side. All of this led his parents, Nicole and Carl, to Easterseals for Early Supports & Services. His Easterseals physical therapist Pauline began visiting the DiFrancos home once a week and worked to help Dominic with tummy time, building core strength, and rolling. Click here to learn more about Dominic.