Early Childhood CARES provides early intervention and early childhood special education services to infants, toddlers and preschool children in Lane County. Over 1600 children who have developmental delays or disabilities are served each year.
Early Childhood CARES services include parent consultation, parent-toddler groups, specialized preschools, consultation to children in community preschools or child care, and speech, physical or occupational therapy.
Staff who work for Early Childhood CARES have teaching licenses or state authorization to teach young children. They are specialists in early intervention/early childhood special education, speech therapy, physical therapy, autism and behavior.
Early Childhood CARES is funded by the Oregon Department of Education with state and federal dollars.
Early Childhood CARES is part of the College of Education at the University of Oregon and subcontractor of Lane Education Service District (ESD).