Child Development & Day Care Non-Profit/Foundations Schools, Colleges & Education
Research indicates that the first three years of a child's life are one of the most important times for learning. Starting services early improves a child's ability to develop and learn. The Infant & Toddler Program is for children from birth through 2 years of age and their families. Children qualify based on the results of developmental evaluations which include hearing and vision screenings. Children may also qualify if it is determined that they are at risk for developmental delays. Parents collaborate with professionals to develop a plan to address those delays. Birth through 2 services are provided for free in the child's natural environment which most times is the home.
The Developmental Preschool Program addresses the needs of children 3-5 years of age. Eligibility is determined through a developmental evaluation process. Parents collaborate with professionals to develop a plan to address the child's needs. For children that are eligible, STRIDE provides special education, speech language, occupational, and physical therapies as decided by the team. These services may be provided at STRIDE's preschool, or in community preschool and daycare settings, depending on the child's current natural environment, and are provided at no cost to the family.
STRIDE classrooms include both children with disabilities and their typically developing peers (called Pacesetters). Having typically developing peers in our classrooms is important because they help set the pace for children with a disability, hence the name. Pacesetters pay tuition, and spots are limited.