In the summer of 2011, First 5 El Dorado combined two successful Initiatives to assure families have support for their child's development regardless of their care at home or in an early care and education setting.
Early Childhood Specialists support parents using development screens to better understand their child's development. Specialists are also trained on quality assessments to assist providers in delivering high quality early care and education services. Based on the outcomes of the screenings and assessments, parents and providers are offered information, referrals and support.
An Inclusion Specialist is available to assist early care and education providers caring for children with special needs. Together, the early Childhood and Inclusion Specialists will work with parents and providers to support children in meeting developmental milestones.