Early Intervention

First Step to Success

Focused on helping children attain developmental milestones.

Early intervention is often the key to developmental success later in life. The Arc of Palm Beach County's First Step to Success Program provides in-home services throughout Palm Beach County to families of children between birth and five years of age who demonstrate a mild delay in child development.

The program’s dedicated developmental specialists work with children and their families to strengthen the children's skills in the areas of cognition, communication, movement, coordination, social/emotional growth and self-help. These dedicated individuals focus on supporting the parent-child relationship and helping the child to achieve an array of developmental milestones through skills training that has a lifelong positive effect.

First Step to Success is funded by the Children's Services Council of Palm Beach County.

Who benefits from our program: Our program provides in-home services throughout Palm Beach County to families of children between birth and five years of age who demonstrate a mild delay in child development.

What our program offers: Our dedicated developmental specialists work with children and their families to strengthen the children's skills in the areas of cognition, communication, movement, coordination, social/emotional growth and self-help.

These dedicated individuals focus on supporting the parent-child relationship and helping the child to achieve an array of developmental milestones through skills training that has a lifelong positive effect.


Healthy Steps for Young Children

Added support in your pediatrician’s office.

What parent hasn’t wished at one time or another that their child came with an instruction manual? The Arc’s Healthy Steps for Young Children, a program that provides an added level of support in your pediatrician’s office, comes close. The program brings families and health care providers together to improve the health, development and emotional wellness of children up to age three, although children must be aged six months or younger in order to be enrolled. This prevention program brings child development services to families by placing a dedicated developmental specialist in the pediatric primary care setting. Services offered include screenings; referrals to community resources; support and guidance during all well-child visits; parent education groups; home visits; an information line; and developmental items to support positive interaction between parents and children. The program currently has specialists placed at Palm Beach Pediatrics in West Palm Beach, Pediatric Associates in West Palm Beach and Seitz Pediatrics in Boynton Beach, and will be expanding to include additional locations in the near future.

The Arc of Palm Beach County’s HealthySteps program offers parents the opportunity to do just that by bringing families and health care providers together to improve the health, development and emotional well-being of children.

Who benefits from our program: Children aged two months or younger can be enrolled in this no-cost program. HealthySteps serves the children and their parents until the program graduation at 36 months.

What our program offers: HealthySteps services include: developmental screenings for the child’s first 3 years; parent support and developmental guidance during all well-child visits; referrals to community resources; a parent information line; and developmental items to support positive interaction between parents and children. 
 
Healthy Steps offers services at seven select pediatric primary care practices in Palm Beach County: Palm Beach Pediatrics in West Palm Beach, Pediatric Associates in West Palm Beach, Seitz Pediatrics, Juan Batista M.D., Gentle Medicine and Associates, Palm Beach Pediatrics in Royal Palm Office, and Soma Medical Center in Palm Springs. 

Healthy Steps for Young Children is funded by the Children's Services Council of Palm Beach County.


Forward Leaps

Helping children make developmental forward leaps.

We provide in-home and short-term developmental services to children from birth to five that have slight developmental delays. Our trained specialists provide developmental interventions in the children’s home or daycare for six months.

It is now understood that the first few years of a child’s life are a particularly sensitive period in the process of development. These early years lay a basic foundation in childhood and beyond for cognitive functioning, as well as behavioral, social and physical health. During these early years, it is essential that children receive every needed developmental support to ensure this strong foundation is established.

The Arc of Palm Beach County’s ForwardLeaps program assesses development and provides no-cost developmental interventions to children and their families.

Who benefits from our program: This Six (6) month prevention program offers in-home developmental interventions for children, from birth to age 5, who are at risk for developmental delays.

What our program provides: The program’s interventions and support services help parents make a real difference in their child’s life. These therapeutic services can range from learning activities to structured fun experiences.