For more information on our Project ACT program, visit www.anprojectact.org or call 410-828-7700.
We provide on-site observations, consultation and individualized services for children experiencing difficulties in their child care, pre-school, summer camp or out-of-school time program. Difficulties may be related to developmental concerns or a social emotional concerns. Through careful observation, assessment of the environment and input from the child’s family and caregivers, our Inclusion Specialists develop an Individual Support Plan. After the plan is developed by our team of experts to best support the child, our staff provides coaching to caregivers, teachers and family to assist in implementing the plan. Visual supports are made and provided to the classroom when necessary, and adaptive equipment is available to loan. Services may be available for free depending on the location.
We do not provide diagnostic services for children; however, we can provide resources and referrals to other agencies that can provide educational and/or medical diagnosing. We can also provide advocacy throughout the diagnosing process.
Save the Date!
2019 Early Childhood Professional Development Conference
Presented by: Abilities Network Project ACT & The Community College of Baltimore County
*New* Leadership Symposium on Inclusion
Event Date: Friday, September 20th, 2019
All Children Together:
Event Date: Saturday, September 21st, 2019
Location: CCBC Owings Mills 10300 Grand Central Ave.
Registration is open!!! Call 443-840-4700 to register!
Earn Core of Knowledge Hours and a Professional Activity Unit
Abilities Network/Project ACT is part of the Maryland Childcare Resource Network. Collaborating with Maryland Family Network, Project ACT provides training, coaching, and onsite technical assistance to all licensed child care providers in Baltimore, Harford and Cecil Counties.
For information or to register online for training through the Baltimore County Child Resource Center (www.anprojectact.org) . Visit our Resource Center located at 8503 La Salle Road, Towson MD 21286 which is open daily from 9 to 4 or by appointment (443-900-6458).
For information or to register online for training through the Harford Cecil County Child Resource Center (www.anprojectact.org). Visit our Resource Center located at 3103 Emmorton Rd. Suite B1 Abingdon, MD 21009 which is open daily from 9 to 4 or by appointment (443-761-0206).
All Project ACT trainings are also offered statewide for a fee. Contact Jasmine Campbell at 410-828-7700 or email@example.com for further information.
The MSDE funded Infant &Toddler Special Needs Training Grant provides training free of charge to providers serving children birth through age 3 in their licensed child care setting. The training provides core of knowledge hours in the area of special needs and is designed to foster inclusive practices to support infants and toddlers with special needs. For a list of available training, or to schedule a training, please contact Jasmine Campbell at 410-828-7700 or firstname.lastname@example.org
All families that are receiving home visiting services are invited to participate in group meetings that are hosted by HFBC or other collaborating partners. These groups are a wonderful way to spend time as a family and meet other participating families who may have similar interests. Each group has a topic or theme that is chosen based on what families are interested in. Groups may include a speaker, and they always include food and fun activities that parents and children can do together.
Some of the our recent group topics and trips that families have had access to include:
- Dental Health
- Family Fun Day
- Family Movie Night
- Health and Nutrition with Chef Love
- Port Discovery
- Dutch Wonderland
- Winter Holiday Celebration
- Literacy Learning Party – Storyville (Baltimore County Library)
- Taking Care of Me (Parents Only)
- National Zoo
- Child development and school readiness
- Child health
- Maternal health
- Family economic and self-sufficiency
- Linkages and referrals
- Positive parenting
- Reductions in child maltreatment a
- Reductions in juvenile delinquency, family violence and crime
We have integrated the following critical elements of the HFA service model into the program:
- Services are offered voluntarily and are initiated with families prenatally or at birth.
- A standardized tool is used to systematically identify families who are most in need of services.
- Services are offered intensively with criteria for increasing or decreasing intensity of service over time.
- Services are culturally competent and the materials used reflect the diversity of the population served.
- Services focus on supporting the parent as well as parent-child interaction and child development.
- Families are linked to health care providers and are linked to other services based on family needs.
- Services are provided by skilled staff who receive intensive training, ongoing supervision and maintain limited caseloads.
For more information about our evidence-based service model, please visit the following links:
Families that have participated in our Resource and Referral services, have been offered Home Visiting services, and choose to participate will receive the following benefits:
- Intensive in-home support – Families begin participating in home visits prenatally and are able to continue receiving support until the child is five years old. We strongly encourage dads, grandparents and/or other caretakers to be a part of our visits.
- Information and connection to community resources – A Family Support Worker will work closely with the family to help them connect with community resources throughout their time in the program.
- Support with keeping children up to date with immunizations and health care visits – Staff will work with parents to ensure that their child’s medical needs are met.
- Parent education using a standardized child development curriculum – Parents will benefit from child development activities and information shared from Growing Great Kids, a curriculum that was chosen by families in the program and is endorsed by Healthy Families America.
- Screening for child developmental delays – Staff will partner with parents to ensure that children are developing on target and will connect them with Infants and Toddlers of Child Find for additional in-home resources if a delay is suspected.
- Family-centered goal planning – Parents will benefit from being able to identify what they want for their families and gain support with implementing a plan to obtain it.
- Access to family groups – Parents and children have the opportunity to join other families in group activities and field trips. It is a great way to meet other parents who are also committed to supporting their child’s development.
All families that are referred for services are eligible to receive information about community resources available to support them with meeting the basic needs of their families. We know that it can sometimes be difficult for families to get to appointments so staff members are able to meet with parents in their homes to talk about their pregnancy, their parenting plan and their families’ current needs. Based on the information shared, parents receive customized resource packets with information that will help them meet the needs that have been identified. Families are offered home visiting services if they are eligible and space is available.
To get started, call Abilities Network. Be ready with your home zip code and a Program Director familiar with your geographical area will quickly be in contact for an initial conversation about specific service information.
For additional information on our CEP program, contact us via e-mail or call us at 410-828-7700.