Best Start

Birth to Pre-K

You will hear many things about Down syndrome.  Please know that much of what you will be told is out of date or incorrect.  We can provide you with current and accurate information about Down syndrome that will make you feel knowledgeable and less anxious.  We can empower you to make informed decisions. We can connect you with parents who understand your journey.  Their insights and emotional support will be invaluable to you.

First Steps

  • Parent Connections matches expecting or new parents with other families who are part of the Down syndrome community and who can give support and advice
  • Information and More provides help with enrolling in early intervention services, helpful websites, and resources  
  • New Parent Welcome Packet includes many helpful resources for families.  CLICK FOR YOUR COPY ENGLISH
    Paquete de Bienvenida para Padres Nuevos
  • Birth to Three Facebook Support Group provides peer networking and support to new parents.  CLICK to JOIN!

Music Therapy Tunes for Tots (ages birth through 3)

  • Is held weekly 
  • Wednesday Mornings, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.
  • This is a free, drop-in group. We suggest contacting us before you come, as the schedule may vary due to holidays

Child’s Play (ages 3 to kindergarten) 

  • Is held every other week
  • This is a structured play group facilitated by an occupational therapist to develop dexterity and pre-k learning. 
  • This group is scheduled to start in the fall of 2020

Learning Program-I Can Read! (ages 3+)

  • This program is held on Saturdays in nine monthly meetings during the academic year
  • 9:00-10:30 a.m.
  • This parent and child education program helps parents to prepare their children to enter school and to develop their pre-literacy and math skills.

Educational Advocacy

 This free service gives guidance to parents as they choose their children’s pre-school and kindergarten school placements and develop their first IEPs (Individualized Education Plans)

Smart Start (ages 2 to 3)

An annual workshop on transitioning to pre-school 

School Rules! (ages 4 to 6)

An annual workshop on transitioning to kindergarten

Programs

Information and Support

"Talk Abouts"

Educates families through workshops, structured support groups, Face Book support groups and telephone and in-person consultations 

Best Start

Newborns through Pre-K

Offers new parents information, education, connections, support and programs 

The Learning Program

Children and Teens

Gives parents the tools to navigate their children’s educational and life issues while kids work on their reading, math, social and life skills 

Educational Advocacy

Ages 2 ½ to 22

Provides families with an experienced advocate free of charge to help manage IEPs, classroom placements and more so that children can thrive in a learning environment tailored to their needs.

The Exceptional Educators Program

Trains classroom teachers, paras, school administrators and school district staff to be the most effective educators for children with Down syndrome.

Adult Enrichment Programs

Ages 18+

Encourages adults to continue to learn and create through activities that develop social skills, literacy, self-advocacy and a healthy lifestyle

Social Activities for All Ages

Because sometimes we just want to have fun!

The DownRight ExtraOrdinary Walk

Committed to raising community awareness of the abilities of people with Down syndrome for over a quarter of a century!