Early Childhood Services
The IACS Early Childhood Enrichment services strengthen our immigrant families by engaging parents/caregiver and their children, and helping them to thrive in their communities. Our culturally competent and inclusive approach is supported by multilingual and multicultural instructors, facilitators and counselors, who help families grapple with the many challenges they may face as immigrants and refugees. Our programs offer training and education for parents of young children ages 0-5 years on developmental milestones, screening and therapy. In addition to receiving screening support, families will progress in parent-child development addressing wellness, nutrition, enrichment, self care, support groups and peer mentoring for parents and/or caregivers.
SERVICES WE OFFER
KALEIDOSCOPE PLAY & LEARN
Helps prepare families to work with their children 3-5 years of age for success in school and life. This weekly program, addresses enrichment and learning with stories, music, games, and crafts. Kids and their caregivers take part in activities that support early learning while families discover opportunities to connect and bond. Resources and support services, parenting education, and child care resources are accessible to parents and caregivers to help raise healthy children.
HEALTHY STARTS AND NEW BEGINNINGS
IACS Healthy Starts and New Beginnings Program works with families with children from newborns to three year olds and addresses parent-child relationships, wellness, nutrition, resource referrals, and self care. The program also provides information to parents regarding developmental milestones, immigrant parenting challenges, and creates a safe space for families with toddlers to connect with one another providing experiences that support physical, social, emotional, cognitive, bilingual, and bicultural development.
DEVELOPMENTAL SCREENING & SUPPORT PROGRAM
IACS provides free developmental screening and referral services for Asian Indian immigrant and refugee families with children aged 0-5 years throughout King County. This screening allows for parents to make sure their child s development is on track in addition to identifying any potential developmental delays or concerns through the use of the Ages and Stages Questionnaires (ASQ screening tools). The program uses a culturally nuanced support service connecting the family to next steps ensuring resources, support and language assistance is provided.
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"During this last year, IACS has continued to emerge as a strong pillar of strength for my family. IACS’s early childhood program has been there for my child and me. Together we learn new ways to play, make friends, read and do yoga together."