Early Childhood (0-5)

UPMC – Beaver County Crisis #:  800-400-6180    (Available 24/7)

The Crisis Text Line provides free, 24/7, confidential support via text message to people in crisis when they text PA to 741741.

Not sure where to start?  Call 724.847.6225 and ask for Early Intervention, or an  Intellectual Disability (ID) or Mental Health (MH) Specialist.

Inclusion in Early Childhood

Pennsylvania’s PROMISE for Children, known as PA Promise, is a campaign to help families make good choices about their child’s early learning and choose quality early learning programs that are right for their families. The Pennsylvania Office of Early Learning and Development (OCDEL) is the primary partner in PA Promise.


INFOGRAPHIC: THE BENEFITS OF INCLUSION IN EARLY CHILDHOOD

Early Childhood Education

Pennsylvania ECE programs have worked for years to establish inclusive program policies and opportunities for all young children and increase the number of children with disabilities in ECE programs. OCDEL will continue building on the success of this work to ensure access to high-quality inclusive programming is available for all young children and their families.

Get details, including the next steps, in the 
Announcement DS-03, Inclusion of All Children in Early Childhood Education Programs in Pennsylvania.

Suspensions and Expulsions

A child’s first five years are the most critical for neurological development. This is why responding to young children’s behaviors by suspending or expelling them from early childhood education (ECE) programs threatens their well-being during a critical period of learning.

To highlight ways in which early childhood education (ECE) professionals should work to focus on preventative and responsive strategies for healthy child development, Trying Together has released a white paper entitled,
“A Pathway to Reduce and Eliminate Early Childhood Suspensions and Expulsions.” This white paper is meant to provide guidance for stakeholders at all levels – teachers in the classroom, directors of programs, early interventionists, quality coaches, mental and behavioral health specialists, advocates, families, and policymakers.

Early Childhood (Ages 0-5)

From birth to 5 years, your child should reach milestones in how he plays, learns, speaks, acts and moves. Track your child’s development online and act early if you have a concern.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has also developed a downloadable milestone tracker mobile app for your phone.

Developmental Milestones Checklist: What changes should you expect as your child grows?   This checklist is provided by PA Promise, a campaign to help families make good choices about their child’s early learning and choose quality early learning programs that are right for their family.

Are You Concerned About Your Child’s Development?

Call Pennsylvania’s CONNECT Helpline at 1-800-692-7288 for information about
your child’s development and connecting to Early Intervention services in Pennsylvania.

What is Early Intervention?


Early Intervention in Beaver County provides coaching support and services to families with children, from birth to age five, with developmental delays and disabilities. Early intervention builds upon the natural learning opportunities that occur within the daily routines of a child and their family.

Early Intervention supports services and resources for children that enhance daily opportunities for learning provided in settings where a child would be if they did not have a developmental delay and disability, provides families’ independence and competencies, and respects families’ strengths, values and diversity. Supports and services are designed to meet the developmental needs of children with a disability, as well as the needs of the family related to enhancing the child’s development in one or more of the following areas:
• Physical development, including vision and hearing
• Cognitive development
• Communication development
• Social or emotional development
• Adaptive development

Eligibility and Services:
Children from birth to age five who have special needs due to developmental delays and disabilities are eligible to receive Early Intervention services. The services provided to children and their families differ based upon the individual needs and strengths of each child and the child’s family. Services may be provided in the child’s home, child care center, nursery school, play group, Head Start program, early childhood special education classroom or other settings familiar to the family. Early Intervention supports and services are embedded in typical routines and activities, within the family, community and/or early care and education settings. This approach provides frequent, meaningful practice and skill-building opportunities.

Costs:
Early Intervention services are provided at no cost to families.

Beaver County provides a comprehensive intake with resources and information for families to learn about their rights, the benefits of the program, and family engagement opportunities.

Click here to download our intake packet and learn more.

Download the 2021-2022 Local Interagency Coordinating Council (LICC) Schedule

Local Resources for Early Childhood

Beaver County Behavioral Health (BCBH)
Early Intervention Services ( for infants and toddlers ages 0-3)
724.847.6220 or toll-free at 1.877.597.5535

Beaver County Behavioral Health (BCBH)
Intellectual Disability / Autism Resources

Beaver County Behavioral Health (BCBH)
Additional Resources – Autism / other Special Needs

Head Start/Early Head Start of Beaver County 
A federally funded child development program for families with children ages 0-5.
(A program of the Private Industry Council)
724.728.2110

Western PA Psych Care

1607 Third St.
Beaver, PA 15009
724.728.8411

With locations in Beaver, Baden, and Bridgeville, WPPC provides comprehensive mental health services for individuals (child, adolescent, adult, geriatric) of all ages.  Services include Psychiatric Evaluation,   Medication Management,   Outpatient Therapy,  BHRS/Wraparound,  School-Based Therapy,  Group Therapy,  Summer Therapeutic Activities Program,  Early Intervention, and  Specialized Autism Services.

Wesley Spectrum / Wonder Kids (WK) is a social skills group for children ages 5-21 that provides therapeutic and social relationship interventions designed to teach and enhance age-appropriate social skills for those who have an Autism Spectrum or Social (Pragmatic) Communication Disorder diagnosis.

Reach for Speech, LLC – 3399 Brodhead Rd., Suite A   Aliquippa, PA  15001
A pediatric speech therapy agency providing information, evaluations, or therapy services for families concerned with their child’s communication or feeding skills. 724.888.2548

Women, Infants & Children (WIC) – the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program to help improve the health of women, infants, and children by providing:

  • Healthy Food
  • Nutrition Information
  • Breastfeeding Support
  • Referral Services

WIC services are provided at low or no cost to you and your family.  You may be eligible if you are pregnant, breastfeeding, or have children under the age of 5.   Call 1.866.942.2778 to schedule an appointment.

Center For Hope – A multi-denominational, faith-based Charity/Community Center.  Help with Food, Clothing, Nutrition, Pet Care, and Household Supplies…

Address:
740 Park Road
Ambridge, PA 15003
724.251.4899
Contact:
Sue Otto, Director  |  ext. 112
Barbara Whisnant, Volunteer Coordinator  |  ext. 115

Bethany’s Safe Families for Children program – Arranges for children to stay with a Christian family when the parents are experiencing a temporary crisis. 877.723.3036

Child Care Works Helpline
Call for information about finding, paying for, and other concerns related to child care.
1-877-4-PA-KIDS (1-877-472-5437)

UPMC for Kids
A Pennsylvania Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) product. 1.800.978.8762

UnitedHealthcare Community Plan – CHIP coverage for all uninsured children and teens up to age 19 in Pennsylvania, who are not eligible for Medical Assistance. 1.800.414.9025

Children’s TiPS

Available to children and adolescents in western Pennsylvania who are insured by Pennsylvania’s Medical Assistance (Medicaid) Program, Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), and UPMC commercial insurance.

Children’s TiPS is designed to help connect primary care clinicians with child psychiatrists. The program aims to improve behavioral health treatment for children in the state by providing psychiatric consultation to physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, and other prescribers of psychotropic medications.

With help from the Children’s TiPS teams, primary care clinicians in western Pennsylvania can effectively meet the needs of children and adolescents with mental health conditions such as ADHD, anxiety, and depression. Some youth may need specialty psychiatric care or have needs that can not be managed in a primary care setting. TiPS care coordinators are available to assist providers and families with locating additional treatment resources within their own communities.

The phone number for any questions:  1.844.WPA.TIPS/ 1.844.972.8477