Our CPDC children are regularly screened and referred as needed to on-campus services, early intervention, or our local school district's special education services. Our children have the resources of campus special services, such as music therapy and speech, language, and hearing services. CPDC firmly believes that all children and families deserve the right to learn and grow in a nurturing environment.
STEP 1: Speak with your child’s teacher or pediatrician or use other screening mechanisms. If you believe there may be a delay, DO NOT USE A WAIT AND SEE APPROACH. It never hurts to go ahead with early intervention screenings to see if you need further evaluations. Please understand that you do not need a formal diagnosis to receive services to help your child succeed. The steps with early intervention below are mandated by law to assist you promptly.
STEP 2: For any child birth-3, contact FIRST STEPS Early Intervention.
STEP 3: For any child 3-21, contact the school district where you live. You do need to be enrolled in the school to receive services.
STEP 4: Follow up with the referral and be available for meetings. CPDC is available and would encourage the family to make sure CPDC is involved with the referral steps. The screenings, evaluations, and service plans can occur during your child’s day at the CPDC. We encourage your therapists to use CPDC as part of their active plan! As a parent, you are entitled to your child receiving therapies in the “least restrictive environment” which is on site during their day at childcare.
If you have difficulty with services your child needs or need support, we recommend contacting Mississippi’s Parent Training Institute. They are experts at navigating the world of special needs and inclusive best practices. They can be by your side to help you support your child. They also offer some amazing boot camps for parents learning to navigate this world!
CPDC believes in full inclusion but also understands that there may be a limit to the care we can provide as CPDC is not a therapeutic center for special needs. If your child needs one-on-one aides and support, we recommend contacting PediaTrust, ICS Head Start, or your public school district.
The golden triangle region also has these services that may be beneficial: