Toddler Family Fun
Post Adoption Resource Center
Education and Childcare
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.
Fernwood is a special place where people, plants, and nature come together. Beautiful gardens surrounded by forest are tucked into a landscape of 105 acres of cultivated and natural areas along the scenic St. Joseph River valley. Miles of trails await, and indoors, visitors may enjoy an art gallery, fern conservatory, nature center, cafe, and gift shop. Fernwood offers many possibilities for learning and enrichment, including classes, workshops, lectures, concerts, trips, exhibits, and special events.
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.
This unique nature center has five miles of trails meandering through 800 acres. A variety of forested and wetland habitats can be traversed via a trail system that includes boardwalks, observation platforms and an easily accessible barrier-free walkway. The visitor center houses live animal displays, touch tables and wildlife viewing windows.
Sarett offers a variety of lectures and hands-on activities such as kayaking adventures, field trips to local natural areas, naturalist-led hikes, snowshoe-making, cross country skiing, woodworking projects and more.
The education department offers monthly preschool classes and Junior Naturalist activities as well as classes for homeschooling families.