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The Early Childhood Intervention Center (ECIC) at the Center for the Homeless focuses on children's holistic developmental growth, with a strong emphasis on areas of concern or delay. Licensed by the State of Indiana, we are committed to:
Providing a high-quality educational environment for children, ages 6 weeks to 6 years, that supports each child's growth and development
Partnering with parents to "equip, encourage, and empower" as their child's first and most important teacher, and therefore facilitating two-generation impact.
The Early Childhood Intervention Center is made up of the following three elements that serve very young children experiencing homelessness in our community.
PEDS (Play, Exploration, and Developmental Support)
Our goal in PEDS is to foster an educational environment that provides the best opportunities for young children to learn and grow. Children ages 6 weeks to 3 years participate in a hands-on, play-based learning environment. Each PEDS teacher is a primary caregiver to a small group of children, where a strong, trusting relationship is established.
We recognize that parents are an essential part of a child's life. Our goal is to work alongside parents with young children to equip, encourage, and empower them to become the best parents possible to their children. Parent Cafe sessions focus on a variety of topics related to child development, with a particular emphasis on trauma and trauma-informed parenting.
The first Montessori classroom designed for children experiencing Homelessness is for children 3 years through 6. The classroom creates an environment that cultivates the child's intellect and love of learning, instills responsibility, fosters respect, and inspires care for the community.
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