Early childhood and early intervention services help children, from birth to five, who are experiencing developmental delays or disabilities.
While we don’t believe that growth and development occurs on a strict timetable, we do strive to provide our parents and caregivers with a proactive approach to ensure that their children are put on a healthy path of development.
We have a collaborative approach and we work with the individuals involved in a child’s life that could enhance a child’s development, such as the family, caregivers, teachers, other support providers and members of the community.
These services are provided in environments that are part of a child’s daily routine, such as the home or day care. We address a variety of skill areas including physical, social, communication, cognitive, and adaptive. Depending on the need, a child may work with one or a combination of occupational, physical, or speech therapists, or a special instructor.
Our preschools are inclusive environments where children of all abilities learn and play together. Children with an individualized education plan who attend our preschool classrooms may receive specialized instruction, physical, occupational, and speech therapies specific to each child’s program needs. These therapy services are integrated into each preschool location.
TimberNook is a nature-based program that offers unique play opportunities for children designed to foster creativity, imagination, and fun in the great outdoors. TimberNook encourages sensory experiences, independence, and problem-solving.
Sound, Play, and Language Awareness Story Hour, designed by a licensed speech therapist, is open to children of all abilities. In these classes, you’ll learn fun and playful ways to encourage your child’s development and communication.
If you have a question or would like more information, please contact Melissa, Director of Children’s Services.
Dr. S. June Smith was a psychologist who gave many years of dedicated and innovative service to individuals with special needs in Lancaster County. Thanks to her hard work and persistence, many great programs are available throughout Lancaster County today.
In 1965, Dr. June helped establish preschool programs for children with special needs, which included an organization formerly known as the S. June Smith Center, which became part of Excentia in 2013.
Today, Excentia Human Services continues to honor her legacy by providing early intervention services to children. Dr. June retired in 1971 after 30 years as director of special pupil services for the former Lancaster County Public Schools, now the Lancaster-Lebanon Intermediate Unit 13.
She passed away on April 25, 2001 at the age of 95.
This year my son has some spontaneous speech and is in kindergarten! I got to hear him say “love you!” We wouldn’t be where we are now without the solid base we got from Excentia Human Services. We are forever grateful.