The Arc of Chester County is closely monitoring the changing and evolving information regarding the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. We are working around the clock to ensure the safety and wellbeing of all those we serve in The Arc community. Our Program Directors are working closely with their teams to continue offering the uninterrupted services and assistance our population relies on, especially those with disabilities. We are following the directives issued by the Center for Disease Control (CDC), the World Health Organization (WHO), local health departments, and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The Arc will continue monitoring advisories and government directives as they relate to the pandemic and keep you posted of any changes. Stay safe and be well.

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Children’s Early Learning
Services and Programs (CELSP)

Children’s Early Learning Services and Preschool Programs provide supports and services for children with and without disabilities, birth to age 5, and their families, to reach developmental milestones through a variety of offerings provided in home and other community settings such as preschool. Our dedicated early learning staff have decades of experiences; comprised of teachers, speech therapists, physical therapists, occupational therapists, and nurses. Are you looking for ways to support your child in learning and growing? Our staff are committed to working collaboratively with you. Below are details on the program and services available.

Early Intervention

BIRTH TO 3 YEARS OF AGE

The Arc of Chester County’s Children’s Early Learning Services and Programs provides Early Intervention services by supporting parents and caregivers in helping their newborn to three-year-old child reach their developmental milestones in their natural environment.

Tell your Service Coordinator that you choose The Arc of Chester County as your Early Intervention provider

To learn more about the services through Chester County Department of Mental Health/Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities, visit this page.

Toddler Program

2 Years of Age (ABBLE)

Please note: The Toddler Program is currently suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Arc of Chester County offers a program for 2 year olds two times a week for 3 hours per session in a structured inclusive classroom environment. The toddler program is led by highly trained teachers with extensive experience working with children of all abilities. It is a language based program designed to provide individualized support. The service is offered in a small group setting and prepares children for transitioning to preschool. The focus is on designing environmental and behavior supports that enhance communication, social, and play skills. The toddler program offers a unique blend of teaching techniques including, total communication, positive reinforcement, and child specific learning.

Preschool Program

Our community preschool provides a high quality program by supporting each child in gaining the next developmental skill. The best learning environment is provided to everyone by having children learn and teach each other in a nurturing environment. When children with and without disabilities learn in an inclusive classroom setting, everyone benefits by making the largest gains in skills. Inclusive classrooms develop future leaders, meaningful relationships, and set students on the path for the utmost success. Scholarship assistance may be available.

Early Intervention Services

3 to 5 Years of Age

The Arc of Chester County’s Children’s Early Learning Services and Programs provides Early Intervention services to three-five year old children, in their natural educational environment, to help them reach developmental milestones. These services are available to children with developmental delays and disabilities that are referred to The Arc of Chester County by the Intermediate Unit that administers Early Intervention 3-5 Services.

Music Therapy

Birth to Five Years of Age

Music Therapy, in addition to that offered in the classroom, is available for small groups or individual children from our Board-certified music therapist. Music Therapy is an established allied health profession in which music is used within a therapeutic relationship to address physical, emotional, cognitive, and social needs of individuals. For more information or to schedule a session, please contact us.

Contact

Please contact The Arc’s Director of Children’s Early Learning who will be able to answer questions related to children’s programming. We can also arrange for a translator for families whose primary language is not English.