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Early Intervention Kiosk at Port Pediatrics Promotes a Bright Start

CARE for Children, in partnership with the McKean County Early Intervention Birth to Three Child Find Committee and the McKean County Early Learning Outreach Council, recently established an information kiosk at UPMC Cole’s Port Allegany Pediatrics office, located on Pine Street in Port Allegany.  The new kiosk is stocked with Early Intervention and developmental information, early learning information, child safety information, and other helpful resources for children birth to age 5.

The Child Find Committee hopes the kiosk will raise parent awareness about the importance of Early Intervention services and other local programs for children; as well as provide helpful information.

According to Cindy Wright, Lead Service Coordinator, McKean County Birth to Three Early Intervention, “Families with young children should take advantage of Early Intervention screenings.  The good news: most families find out that their child is right on track developmentally.  If the family has a concern or one is found during the screening, it can be addressed immediately and services are free regardless of a family’s income.” 

Wright also noted that each county has an Early Intervention office and parents can call and request a screening at any time.  The McKean County Infant/Toddler Early Intervention office can be reached at 814-975-1221.

Pictured with the kiosk are Korin Trumpie, PA-C, Physician Assistant, UPMC Cole; Melanie Buchanan, B.S., COTA/L, Occupational Therapy Assistant and Special Instructor Birth to Three, CARE for Children; Wright; Gwen Rush, Port Allegany Representative, United Way of the Bradford Area Board of Directors; and Sarah Lonzi, Executive Director, United Way of the Bradford Area.

The kiosk was funded by a grant received by CARE for Children through the Port Allegany Campaign for the United Way of the Bradford Area.