GE Education and Family Services Center

Children and Family Services

EARLY INTERVENTION Infants and toddlers with special needs receive services to enhance their early development including special instruction, physical, occupational and speech therapies,
nutritional consultations and other family supports.

These services are provided in the home, at the child’s daycare center or other locations in the community. GES provides the EI program in Mobile and Baldwin County with funding from the Alabama Department of Rehab Services. Call Kimberly Claude at (251) 300-6173 for more information.

CHILD DEVELOPMENT CENTERS GES operates two inclusive child development centers in Mobile. Children of all abilities receive high quality instruction with small child-staff ratios. Programming includes Special Education Preschool (Part B) services through the local school system, Early Headstart classrooms and an Alabama “First Class” Voluntary PreK classroom. Call Christy Jones-Hudson at (251) 380-7169 for more information.

MILITARY RESPITE Air Force and Navy personnel participating in the Exceptional Family Member Program are eligible for monthly in-home respite services provided by qualified care givers at no charge to the family. Services are provided to active military families in Florida stationed at Eglin AFB and Hurlburt Field (Ft. Walton), Pensacola Naval Air Station and Tyndall AFB (Panama City). Call Stacey Griffith at (850) 474-0030 for more information.

HIPPY Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters is a nationally certified home visitation program and is provided in Mobile and Baldwin Counties. The goal is to encourage and support families in their child’s early education by providing weekly home visits, literacy materials and linkages to community resources. The Baldwin County Program includes a Spanish language version of the curriculum serving a small group of migrant families. Call Grace Reese (Mobile County) at (251) 441-0004 or Shannon Kern (Baldwin County) at (251) 210-1336 for more information.

FIRST TEACHER The First Teacher Program provides bi-weekly home visits to families with children birth to five, living in underserved communities in efforts to improve health and developmental outcomes for at risk children. The program utilizes an evidence based model (Parents As Teachers) and includes services and resources aimed at improved health, child maltreatment prevention, child wellness, and school readiness. Parent Educators provide case management, information, support and encouragement to families to help their children develop optimally during the crucial early years of life. The program is funded by Department of Children’s Affairs and is provided in Mobile and Monroe Counties. Call Kimberly Claude at (251) 300-6173 for more information.

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