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Early Childhood Services

Early Childhood Services

Early Childhood Services

Early Intervention Services | Preschool Team | Early Head Start | Early Years Project

 

Early Intervention Services

The Guidance Center Early Intervention Services support families and their children, from birth to age three, with a broad range of needs. Typical issues that our program addresses on a daily basis include an infant who isn’t gaining weight, a toddler with speech delays, or a young child having trouble walking. Our Early Intervention Services provide therapeutic, educational and family support services for infants and toddlers that are delayed, disabled, or at-risk.  Our services include screening and assessments, home visits, group and individual center based therapies, toddler groups, parent education, and support groups.

Our Early Intervention Partnerships Program (EIPP) includes a Maternal Child Health Nurse, a Social Worker and a Community Health Worker all who provide support during pregnancy.  Services are tailored to the family’s needs and can include prenatal education, labor and delivery preparation, newborn care, breastfeeding preparation and support, brief mental health counseling, sibling and family adjustment, and support with addiction treatment, domestic violence and smoking cessation.  A family can stay in EIPP until the baby is 1 year old and our team will conduct developmental screenings every 2 months.

Early Intervention & Early Intervention Partnerships Program (EIPP)

The Guidance Center
12 Tyler Street
Somerville, MA  02143
Tel:  617.629.3919
Communities Served: Cambridge, Somerville

 

Preschool Team

Our Preschool Team provides services, support, and education to families with children under the age of six who have challenges related to that child’s development, behaviors, and difficult family circumstances. Team members work collaboratively to gather information, make recommendations, provide services, and obtain resources for the family. Services are provided at the family’s home, in community settings (including child care programs), and in our office.

Preschool Team

The Guidance Center
111 South Street
Somerville, MA  02143
Tel: 617.284.5130

 

Early Head Start

Riverside Early Head Start is a program for low-income families with infants and toddlers, as well as pregnant women. The program is designed to support families by promoting healthy prenatal care, infant/toddler care, and the well-being of the entire family. The goal is to give their young children a head start in their intellectual, social, and emotional development. With sensitivity to families whose first language is not English, the Early Head Start program reflects the diversity of the community it serves.  Our employees often speak two languages and our programs are respectful of the various cultural norms practiced within each family.   

Riverside Early Head Start

474 Broadway
Somerville, MA  02145
Tel: 617.629.6652

 

Early Years Project

The Early Years Project was developed to support children (infants through age six) and their families by working with the early childhood communities that care for them. Our child development consultants provide many services such as classroom management support and modeling different ways of working with hard to manage behaviors.  The consultants also meet with staff or parents/guardians to offer ideas to support them in the classroom or at home, provide resources and referrals for specialized services, and more. Our employees often speak two languages and our programs are respectful of the various cultural norms practiced within each family.

The Early Years Project is a collaboration that includes The Guidance Center, (a service of Riverside Community Care), the City of Cambridge, Cambridge Community Partnerships for Children, The Cambridge Public Schools and the Cambridge Health Alliance. 

Early Years Project

12 Tyler Street
Somerville, MA  02143
Tel: 617.629.3919