“The parent is, and remains, the first and most important teacher that the child will have.”
Rabbi Kassel Abelson
Early childhood services help young children get off to a healthy start in life and begin school ready to learn. Services are provided to children, ages birth to five years, who have, or are at risk of having, a developmental delay or social/emotional/behavioral problem.
Infant and Toddler Services
The Parents as Teachers curriculum, an evidence-based curriculum, is used in our work with infants and toddlers and their families. Services are provided in the home, with parent education groups provided on-site. Services include home visits, parent education, and linkage to other services.
Infant & Toddler Services are provided at no cost to families. Referrals for services or requests for information can be made by calling the Infant & Toddler Supervisor at 223-0413 in our Quincy, Illinois office.
Madison* was born addicted to methamphetamines. Following her birth, Madison went through withdrawal from the meth her mother took during her pregnancy. She often had seizures and the other withdrawal symptoms. When she was 2 months of age, Madison’s aunt gained legal custody of her. Her aunt is the only mother little Madison has ever known. When Madison was 22 months of age her aunt became concerned about the possible long term effects of meth on Madison’s development. She brought Madison to our Infant and Toddlers Program. Our child development staff determined that Madison had a significant delay in speech, as well as fine motor and gross motor delays. When Child Development staff went to the home for their first home visit with Madison and her aunt, Madison clung to her aunt and was very shy and withdrawn. Staff worked with Madison weekly in her home with the goal of improving social skills and motor skills.
As the months passed, Madison became more verbal and more social – several months after the initiation of services she actually ran to the Child Development Specialist, eager to work on the developmental project that the worker had prepared. By the time Madison turned three she was at age level in all areas of development. She was enrolled in the Early Childhood Program in the public schools and was eager to go to school (preschool), ride the school bus and meet new friends.
Although she had a very traumatic start in her young life, Madison will most likely have a promising future!
This is an actual story of a child served at Transitions. Names have been changed to protect the consumer’s identity.