Early Childhood

Early Childhood

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If you have a young child who needs specialized care or has a disability, or if you have a concern about your child’s development, there is help and support through our Early Start services! 

What Are Early Start Services?

The Early Start Community

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Available Services for Infants & Toddlers

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Many times our clients or parents/ family members ask us for information on the services that are available. We have developed this list to provide you with an overview of these services. Please keep in mind that services are determined on an individualized basis. Services must be identified as needed on the Individual/Family Services Plan (IFSP), and provided in accordance with Harbor Regional Center service policies, which are posted on our website.

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Together From The Start

Program for Families of Infants and Toddlers Birth to 36 Months

Together From The Start

Come join our parent training classes facilitated by HRC therapists and specialists who are knowledgeable in infant and toddler development. These classes are informative and educational for the parent while offering the child a chance to interact socially with other children. You’ll meet other parents to share information and experiences with, and have the opportunity to check out books and videos from our Resource and Assistive Technology Center, and toys from the Toy Lending Library.

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Understanding Child Development

In order to determine if an infant or toddler is developmentally delayed or at risk for delay, it is helpful to understand normal child development and typical developmental milestones.

What is typical child development?

“Child development is a process every child goes through. This process involves learning and mastering skills like sitting, walking, talking, skipping, and typing shoes. Children learn these skills, called “developmental milestones,” during predictable time periods.”

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Side by Side

Guiding young children with developmental concerns through a successful early childhood requires special training and specific knowledge. This is true for both parents and the professionals that work with them. Providers and parents learning the same content matter will promote and enhance their joint ability to communicate more effectively regarding the needs of the child, and encourage an effective partnership between them.