Evaluations for speech/language delay from 3-26. Clients will receive a full evaluation and hearing screening for $75. Therapy will be offered throughout the year from 9/14 on.
Post Adoption Resource Center
Education and Childcare
Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library brings books to children’s homes. From birth until they turn five years old, children enrolled in the program who live in Berrien or Cass County will receive a new, age-appropriate book mailed to their home each month. By the time they enter kindergarten, children will have their own library of books and be more prepared to enter school and become readers.
Early On is for children from birth to three years of age. Early On is here for your family if you have a concern about your child’s growth and learning, and helps children who have a developmental delay.
A developmental delay is when a child’s rate of growth and learning is different from that of most children the same age. A developmental delay may be in one of the following areas:
Taking care of basic needs
Responding to others
Health issues (physical or mental) that are likely to lead to a developmental delay
Early On helps young children to grow and learn. Working on delays early means your child gets a great start in life. Early On helps by:
Working together, and with you, as a team. Early On helps to get people, activities, supports, and services working together with you. (Think of Early On as a baseball team. Each player brings different skills. When all of these skills are put together, the team can play ball. However, one person alone cannot.)
Listening to families. You know your child best. You know your family’s routines best. The information you share with Early On will help your child.
Getting information to parents. This allows you to be better able to help your child grow and learn.
Making your family stronger and healthier. That is why some supports and services may be provided to your family. When your family is strong and healthy, you will be better able to help your child grow and learn.
Connecting you to other families. Raising a child who has developmental delays can be tough. It may help to talk with other families who have a child with developmental delays too.
All pregnant moms and parents of children under age 5yrs are welcome to participate in our Goal Incentive Program. These one-on-one visits with your Goal Counselor provide support, encouragement, and help to problem-solve through any goals you may have, such as quitting smoking, finding prenatal care, improving parenting skills, finding new housing, continuing your education, finding new employment and more. Earn points toward diapers, cribs, car seats and more by working on these personal goals. Call us at (269) 684-4040 to get started! All services are free and confidential.
The Great Start Collaborative is a partnership of community leaders, business owners, charitable and faith-based organizations, health and human service agencies, educators, and parents. Together, these groups work to provide a network of resources that help families obtain services that will allow their children to succeed in every facet of their lives. The Great Start Parent Coalition is a group of parent volunteers who serve as advocates for early childhood. The Parent Coalition members serve as a “voice” for parents in the community and work on service projects, such as diaper drives, book drives, and back to school fairs.
Lory’s Place, a Grief Healing and Education Center of Hospice at Home, a Lakeland HealthCare Affiliate
Lory’s Place is a family service center whose mission is to provide peer support group services for grieving children and adults throughout Southwest Michigan and Northern Indiana. Lory’s Place provides a safe, comforting atmosphere in which grief healing can take place following the death of a family member or an important friend. Lory’s Place is available at no charge to all who come for assistance.
A place for Parents or soon to be Parents to:
Ask Questions & Find Answers
Support & Encourage Others
Make New Connections
A program of the Berrien RESA
The Parents as Teachers (PAT) program is a free service that is offered to families in Berrien County who are pregnant or have a child under the age of three. The goal of the program is to provide parents with the information and support they need to be their children’s first and most important teachers. We offer Read, Play & Learn Playgroups, fun family events, and individualized child development and parenting support through Personal Home Visits.