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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. 

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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. 
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Parent Cafes
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.
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Montessori Classroom
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.