Birth – 3 Programs
The Children’s Special Services (CSS) Program may provide coverage for comprehensive medical care and other non-medical resources for children with physical disabilities from birth to 21 years of age. Diagnostic and financial eligibility criteria must be met to participate in the program.
EARLY HEAD START is a comprehensive program for low income infants, toddlers, and pregnant women and their families. The same services provided in Head Start are available for infants and toddlers. Head Start is a comprehensive preschool program for low income children and their families. Head Start provides children, including those with special needs, with services that actively encourage and promote social, emotional, intellectual (school readiness skills), physical growth and development. Head Start fosters good health through well child checks and dental exams, current immunizations, nutrition and lead risk assessments. Parent involvement is one of the cornerstones of the program and parents have many and varied opportunities to participate in their child’s education and development. Support services are available for families including social services, mental health and disability services, and transportation. Head Start receives USDA reimbursement and nutritious meals are provided based on the hours the child attends the center.
Our highly-trained Children’s Hospital staff of physical and occupational therapists, speech therapists, social workers, nutritionists, psychologists and physiatrists work together to motivate each child, involve families and set attainable goals. In order to increase each child’s confidence and independence, the staff teaches families how to incorporate rehabilitation exercises into life at home. Inpatient physical and occupational therapy services are a part of a child’s physician-directed inpatient stay at East Tennessee Children’s Hospital. Our therapists provide assessment, treatment and discharge planning for all ages of children in intensive care, surgical and medical units.
Emory Valley Center provides in home Early Intervention Services to children with a developmental delay. In-home early intervention services are available in a 16 county region, including Knox County, for children and their families who qualify for Part C services through the Tennessee Early Intervention System. Anyone who has a concern about a child’s development, age birth through two, can call Tennessee’s Early Intervention System, and make a referral. Children qualify for services if they have a delay in one or more areas of development, or a diagnosed condition. The family may then receive services from an Early Interventionist, through Emory Valley Center. This is a voluntary education program through the Department of Education.
Working to enhance the potiential of infants and young children with disabilities by offering support to their families and the early intervention professionals who serve them.
Healthy Families East Tennessee is an in-home visitation program that serves first-time parents. As an in-home visitation program, support and education is provided through individual, group and case management services. The program is designed to prevent child abuse and neglect through education, intervention and strengthening the family. Services are provided as needed until the child is of school age.
Every child from birth to age 5 receives a free book every month. For more information or to register your child call or visit the website.
Led by Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and First Lady Crissy Haslam, the Governor’s Children’s Cabinet has launched a website to be Tennessee’s one-stop shop for families to connect with important state information and resources. Kidcentraltn.com pulls and organizes content from across state departments, making it easier for families to find what they need. In addition to articles about health, education, development, and support, kidcentraltn.com features a comprehensive directory of state-operated and state-funded services for children and families.
The Child Find Staff at Fort Sanders Educational Development Center evaluate children between the ages of 3 and 5 to determine eligibility and the need for special educational services. Educational needs are determined through parent interview and child evaluation. Areas evaluated may include, but are not limited to: vision, hearing, speech and language, fine and gross motor, cognitive/pre-academic, social/emotional and adaptive development.
The Parents As Teachers model is an evidence-based home visiting model designed to ensure young children are healthy, safe and ready to learn. The Parents As Teachers model has four dynamic components, each closely interrelated and integrated personal visits, group meetings, child screenings and a resource network. Together, these four components create a cohesive package of services with four primary goals are to increase parent knowledge of early childhood development and improve parenting practices, provide early detection of developmental delays and health issues, prevent child abuse and neglect and increase children’s school readiness and school success.
Knoxville Center for Autism, Inc. (KCA) was opened in March, 2010 to provide Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) services to children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorders. The center has since grown and added services, including Speech-Language Pathology (SLP), and Psychological/ Educational testing and diagnostic services. We continue to add programs and offer new services as we identify the need in the Knoxville area. We are a group of dedicated professionals trained specifically in delivering services to children on the Autism Spectrum and related disorders. Our main goal is to help children reach their full potential.
Mother Goose is a community outreach program that focuses on the brain development of infants. The program teaches crucial interaction in the formative first steps of an infant’s life. The program creates important infant stimulation groups for children up to age 5. Parents or caretakers focus on visual development, knowledge needs, and language skills of their infant. Mother Goose teaches parents how to interact with their children, and how to stimulate their children’s curiosity and develop their concentration using play, music, and reading or reciting stories.
Partners Against Child Abuse is dedicated to promoting the health and safety of children by reducing child abuse and neglect. Using the evidence-based Nurturing Parents curriculum, the program facilitates more than 10 parenting groups a week in Knox County and surrounding counties. Parents are encouraged to gain skills, knowledge and personal self-sufficiency. The groups are free of charge and help parents understand that when they nurture themselves, they are nurturing their entire family. Other lessons include topics like: keeping children safe, preventing drug use and abuse, self-esteem and conflict management.
The Pediatric Language Clinic (PLC) is a family-focused early intervention program for children birth to three years of age who are in need of intensive services due to significant social/communication/ behavior delays and/or Autism Spectrum Disorder. The developmental program is funded by the State of Tennessee’s Department of Education as an Early Intervention Resource Agency (EIRA) at no cost to the families. A child, however, must meet eligibility criteria for the Tennessee Early Intervention System (TEIS) and receive services through TEIS in order to qualify for the program.
Regional Intervention Program (RIP) is a 12-24 week behavior modification program for children ages 2-6. The program is designed to simultaneously decrease the child’s unwanted behaviors while strengthening social skills and empowering parents to set developmentally appropriate limits and consequences for their child.
Tennessee’s Early Intervention System is a voluntary educational program for families with children birth through age two with disabilities or developmental delays.The principles of Early Intervention are to support families in promoting their child’s optimal development, facilitate the child’s participation in family and community activities, encourage the active participation of families in the intervention by imbedding strategies into family routines. It is the parents who provide the real early intervention by creatively adapting their child care methods to facilitate the development of their child, while balancing the needs of the rest of the family.
Sunshine Early Intervention is an Early Intervention Resource Agency provided through Tennessee’s Early Intervention System. It offers a home-based educational program for Knox County families with children age birth to their 3rd birthday who qualify as having a learning problem or delay in development under Department of Education criteria. Families receive a visit each week from an Early Intervention Specialist who helps them teach their child by practicing skills during the daily routines of the home environment. Services include lesson plans, developmental assessments, progress reports, and assistance with coordinating additional services in the community.
The Epilepsy Foundation will ensure that people with seizures are able to participate in all life experiences; and will prevent, control and cure epilepsy through services, education, advocacy and research. Epilepsy is a central nervous system disorder (neurological disorder) in which the nerve cell activity in your brain is disturbed, causing a seizure during which you experience abnormal behavior, symptoms and sensations, including loss of consciousness. Although there has yet to be a cure for epilepsy, we can strive to ensure that Ònot another moment is lost to seizures.Ó People living with epilepsy can manage their seizures and improve how they are perceived, accepted and valued in society.
The Hearing and Speech Center provides diagnostic and treatment services for children, adolescents, and adults who have problems with communication skills. The clinical services are provided by students-in-training under the supervision of highly qualified clinical supervisors who hold certification awarded by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.