EARLY LEARNING PROGRAM

Our Purpose

       The Early Learning program offers culturally responsive developmental screening, one on one family support services, and education to parents of children ages 0-6 with developmental delays and/or intellectual disabilities. In addition to receiving family support through our Family Support Specialists (see Parent Resource Center tab) and Early Learning Case Managers, families receive education on age-relevant topics and support services such as Early Intervention, positive behavior support, child development, and special education.

Programs

Help Me Grow:

  • Developmental Screening: Brooks Ages and Stages Questionnaire Social-Emotional (ASQ: SE-2)
  • The ASQ: SE-2 is a social-emotional screening tool that asks questions about a child’s behaviors and can be conducted online or with a Case Manager. The questionnaire is a quick process that provides a glance at how a child is developing.
  • If you are interested in participating, please contact Nicole Ichinaga, Early Learning Program Coordinator nicolei@multiculturalfamilies.org, or call 253.409.7785

Participating qualifying families will earn a gift card and toys.  You should complete screening if:

  • Your family is culturally or linguistically diverse
  • You live in King County
  • Your child is between the ages of 1 to 72 months (5 years) 
  • Your child does not have a known disability or delay.
  • Screening available in the following languages: Arabic, Amharic/Tigrinya, Cantonese/Mandarin, English, Kurdish, Somali, Spanish, Vietnamese
  • Referral and Case Management:
    • The Help Me Grow program offers referral and case management support to children and families with a suspected developmental delay. Children can be identified through developmental screening or referred through our website. Our program helps families connect with early support services such as Early Supports for Infants and Toddlers (Birth to Three/Early Intervention), Child Find, and other relevant resources.

Community Designed Home-Based Program (Home-Visiting)  

  • The home-visiting program offers one-one systems navigation support to culturally and linguistically diverse families of young children ages 0-6 years. Our program supports families in connecting with disability-related services and resources: 
    • Early Intervention
    • Child Find 
    • Special Education 
    • Preschool (Headstart/ECEAP) 
    • Autism Resources (Evaluation, ABA, Ben’s Fund) 
    • Other services as needed.

The Woven Together Project

  • The Woven Together Project is a partnership between Open Doors for Multicultural Families (ODMF) and Children’s Therapy Center (CTC), a pediatric therapy clinic that serves children ages 0-18 years. Each agency noticed gaps in services and meaningful participation for culturally and linguistically diverse families in Early Intervention and clinical therapies. The Woven Together project serves Somali and Vietnamese families jointly to build the capacity of each organization for more meaningful outcomes for children and families participating in Early Intervention.
    • Evaluation and IFSP support 
    • Transition to preschool 
    • Systems Navigation

Play Group

The EL program also offers Play and Learn sessions for children ages 0-6 years and their families. These interactive sessions help children and parents to have an unstructured play, sing songs, play games and read stories together.  

Playgroup sessions are held once monthly on Zoom.

The event will include a song, activity, and reading in different languages.  

Language interpretation available in Somali, Spanish and Vietnamese. 

If you are interested in participating, please contact Sreynin Sam, Early Learning Program Coordinator Sreynins@multiculturalfamilies.org, or call 253.886.0594