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What is Early Intervention?
What is the Frontier Community Services' Infant Learning Program?
Why is Early Intervention Important?
How Do I Refer a Child to the
FCS-Infant Learning Program?


United WayThe Family Services Department is committed to promoting access to a flexible array of quality services to children and families with special developmental needs. Services are provided in a manner that respect families, communities and cultural differences while promoting partnership in all aspects of service delivery. Contact the Infant Learning Program (ILP) at (907) 714-6647 to refer a child for a developmental screening. You will be asked for basic information, such as the child's name and date of birth, and the family's address and telephone number, as well as the reason you are concerned.  At that time, an appointment for a screening will be scheduled.  Screenings can be done in the family home, at the ILP office, daycare, or in the community.


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  Yellow Frontier Community ServicesWhat Frontier Community Servicesis Early Intervention?

Early Intervention is professionals working in partnership with parents and families of children with special needs, to support their children's growth, development,and learning. Early Intervention happens in places where children and families live, learn, and play; the families' natural environment.
   
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  Yellow What is the Frontier Community Services' Infant Learning Program?Frontier Community Services

The Infant Learning Program, also known as ILP, is a family-centered program for children ages birth to three years who may have disabilities, delays or challenges in one or more areas of development. The child's family and Early Intervention staff work as partners to evaluate the child's development, create a plan for services, provide specialized instruction, and assist in locating other services if necessary. The ILP program works under and receives funding through the State of Alaska's Department of Health and Social Services; Infant Learning Program. www.hss.state.ak.us/ocs/infantlearning

The staff of the ILP whole-heartedly believes that parents are the most important people in stimulating a child's development. ILP staff are here to support that relationship during the first years of a child's life.

   
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Frontier Community ServicesResearch tells us that the first three years of a child's life are critical years for learning.  Early care and education have a long-lasting impact on how children develop.  During a child's first three years, it is important to focus on the developmental needs and take advantage of the child's natural ability to learn. www.zerotothree.org

Young children, ages birth to 5 years, are growing and changing at a dynamic rate. Sometimes parents of young children are concerned that their child may not be developing the skills he or she should be. Parents can monitor their child's development using the Ages & Stages screening tool provided through the Watch Me Grow Program. By completing the questionnaires, parents can check their child's progress and learn more about what to expect their child to be able to do at each stage of development.

Early diagnosis and treatment of developmental delays can help give a child the best opportunity to reach his/her full potential. To learn more about your child's development using an online screening tool visit Ages & Stages Questionnaires.
   
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  Yellow Frontier Community ServicesHow Do I Refer a Child to the FCS-Infant Learning Program?Frontier Community Services

A referral may be made by anyone in contact with the child, who has a concern about the child's development.  Parents or other family members, doctors, nurses, childcare workers, social workers, or anyone who has contact with the child may make a referral.  Of course, the child's parents will always be contacted for permission before any action is taken.

   
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Contact the Infant Learning Program at 907-714-6647 to refer a child for a developmental screening or complete a screening using our online screening tool at: https://asqonline.com/family/d654f8