Partners in Child Development Announces the Expansion of its Early Intervention Program

Partners for Child Development Catchment Area for Early Intervention

Serving the Greater Lowell Community Effective July 1, 2024

Andover, MA – June 20, 2024.  Chris Hunt, Executive Director of Partners in Child Development, is pleased to announce that its Early Intervention Program serving children 0 to 3 years old who have developmental delays or are at risk for delays has been contracted by the Department of Public Health (DPH) to expand its services to the Lowell catchment area serving families and children in eight additional communities in the Commonwealth effective July 1, 2024.

The eight communities include Billerica, Chelmsford, Dracut, Dunstable, Lowell, Tewksbury, Westford and Tyngsborough. Partners in Child Development’s Early Intervention Program is one of the original providers in the Commonwealth, providing services throughout the Lawrence catchment area for more than 45 years; earning its reputation for empowering families and dramatically improving outcomes for children. The Lawrence catchment area includes the communities of Lawrence, Andover, Methuen, and North Andover.

Intervention services provided at an early age have a dramatic effect on the trajectory of a child’s life and on the family. The Early Intervention Program at Partners in Child Development is comprised of specialized professionals who work in multidisciplinary teams with children whose brains are at a critical time of growth and development. Services, provided at a child’s home or childcare site at no cost to the family, include evaluation and therapeutic services that are embedded in families’ daily routines and are respectful of each family’s culture and learning style.

“We are honored to be selected by DPH to provide early intervention service delivery to the Greater Lowell catchment area. The bid process was competitive, and the fact that we were chosen is a recognition of our commitment to providing high-quality intervention services. We look forward to partnering with the families to nurture their child’s development,” said Chris Hunt, Executive Director, Partners in Child Development.

Partners in Child Development’s Early Intervention staff include specialists, all of whom are dedicated, skilled, and passionate about working with young children and families. Specializations include developmental specialists, occupational therapists, physical therapists, speech language pathologists, music therapists, social workers, mental health clinicians, nurses, and registered nutritionists. Early Intervention staff partner with parents, caregivers, and medical professionals to help every child acquire the skills they need to make gains in their development and reach their full potential.

“We are thrilled to bring our expertise and dedication to the families in the Greater Lowell communities. Our experienced and bilingual professionals look forward to supporting the unique needs of each child,” said Cheryl Bruk, Director of the Early Intervention Program.

Interventions focus on assisting children who may be presenting delays in communication or gross motor skills, such as difficulty learning to talk, sit up, crawl, and walk. Interventions also support children who are having difficulty with eating, sleeping, playing, and interacting with others. Early Intervention also offers families and care givers education, training, resources, and support. 

Referrals for early intervention services can be made by anyone who has concerns about the development of a child. Parents, physicians, childcare providers, and community partners can refer a child to the Early Intervention Program by using the online referral form or by phone.

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*Any references to our organization in these stories and quotes before May 17th, 2023, will remain as PCCD (Professional Center for Child Development) because that was our name at the time of publication. Any stories after May 17th will use our new name, PCD (Partners in Child Development).

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