Infant and Toddler Services
Prevention and Early Intervention Services
Hamilton Center provides Infant and Toddler Services programs, which are prevention and early intervention programs especially designed for young children from birth to three years of age and their families. These programs are preventative in nature. Intervening early reduces the risks of children acquiring more serious problems as they grow into adulthood. Although services may vary slightly by county, all programs have an emphasis on home-based services and family integration. These services include: Healthy Families and Early Head Start.
Early childhood programs at Hamilton Center, Inc.
Infant and Toddler Services' programs are early childhood programs for families with children up to three years of age. Their focus is to provide excellent supportive, educational and therapeutic services to enhance the lives of infants, young children, and their families. These programs are preventative in nature.
Admission criteria is different for each program, but all services are free of charge to families. Infant and Toddler Services' programs are operated by Hamilton Center, Inc., a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) corporation.
Infant and Toddler Services consists of two programs. Both programs are offered in Vigo County; the Healthy Families program is also offered in Greene County; Vermillion County; and Sullivan County.
This intensive home visiting program is designed to enhance early childhood outcomes and prevent child abuse and neglect. Enrollment is offered to expectant families and families with newborns who have been identified as having high stress in their lives. Services focus on strengthening families through parent education, support and advocacy. Entry into this program must be completed prenatally or before the child is two months of age
This program is designed to provide early support to families of infants and toddlers, support which will enhance the child's development through healthy beginnings and the continuity of responsive and caring relationships. Families seeking enrollment must meet federal poverty guidelines and may be enrolled when the mother is pregnant or the child is between birth and three years of age. Early Head Start offers a variety of activities for children and parents in both the home and community.
Infant and Toddler Services Philosophy Statements
We believe the children and families we serve are entitled to:
- Be treated with respect, recognizing their diversity, their strengths, and their worth;
- Have choices from a full range of quality services, available in as natural a setting as possible provided by well trained, competent, dedicated staff;
- Be a full participant in the planning and implementation of their services.
Infant and Toddler Services is funded by Healthy Families Indiana, Office of Head Star, United Way of the Wabash Valley, and Hamilton Center, Inc.