Preschool Early Intervention
Special Education for Early Developmental Success
In the event of inclement weather, SEEDS programs and office follow the inclement weather schedule of the School District of Philadelphia. Please watch or listen to the media or check the School District website at www.philasd.org for the latest information.
Elwyn’s Early Childhood Services has contracted with the Pennsylvania State Department of Education through its partnership with the Department of Public Welfare and the Office of Child Development and Early Learning (OCDEL) to provide Preschool Early Intervention to eligible young children in Philadelphia and the Chester-Upland area. This program is referred to as Special Education for Early Developmental Success (SEEDS). SEEDS provides Preschool Early Intervention for eligible children 3 to 5 years of age living in the city of Philadelphia and in the Chester-Upland area of Delaware County.
SEEDS coordinates Preschool Early Intervention services, performs multi-disciplinary evaluations, and contracts with provider agencies for ongoing Preschool Early Intervention services. Children are served in the least restrictive environment possible to meet their educational and developmental needs. Locations can include the child’s home, a Head Start center, a community day care or nursery school, or a center-based Preschool Early Intervention program. Services include special instruction, occupational therapy, speech therapy, physical therapy, and nursing or any combination of these.
Do you think your child needs Early Intervention Services and is between the ages of 3 and 5 years old? Call 215-222-8054 to make an appointment for an evaluation. Do not hesitate to contact us with any questions, concerns or issues about SEEDS Preschool Early Intervention services.
Learn more information about services and departments at the links below.
Community Referral Form (pdf)
Service Coordination (pdf)
Transition to Kindergarten
Information at the links below (both in English and Spanish) is provided concerning the transition to kindergarten.
Transition to Kindergarten: A Guide for Parents(English) (pdf)
Kindergarten Registration for the School District of Philadelphia is now Open! Please click here for more information.
Remember to check back often for updates!
Small World Special Needs: Click here for access to many helpful “How To” VIDEOS, TIP SHEETS, RESOUCES in 7 different languages. Also home of “Picture This”, a guide on how to make visual supports for any need, includes our Visual Dictionary for FREE downloads.
Visual Note Home 2016: a great way to communicate with families who may be challenged with reading English. (pdf)
A-list Resource Guide 2017 (“The A-List”) Hundreds of new resources, websites and programs for Philadelphia families. (pdf)
The Pennsylvania Office of Child Development and Early Learning has many valuable Preschool Early Intervention resources, publications and forms available here.
Philadelphia Interagency Coordinating Council (PICC) wants you to join us for all of our exciting events. You can visit their website to view a list of upcoming events. PICC is also now on Facebook and Twitter! Like and follow them today!
Autismo 123 (Spanish pdf)
Check out the Autism Videos on Drexel University’s website – a great educational and informational resource.
Helpful Information for Families
Problem Solving in Early Intervention
Family Routine Guide – practical guide for activities of daily living
(Técnicas de ABA que son útiles para trabajar con todos los niños, incluidos los niños con autismo. Español con subtítulos en inglés)
Looking for Professional Development Opportunities? Elwyn SEEDS’ is a registered ACT 48 provider and we provide many trainings on topics relevant to Autism, Early Childhood Development, Behavior, and Special Education. Visit the SEEDS Professional Development website. All are welcome to register and attend. Click on the link above to view scheduled training by month. To register, click on the link, “Create Account” and follow the instructions.
The Pennsylvania Training and Technical Assistance Network (PaTTAN) also has many resources for families and professionals.
Information on internships in Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy and Speech Therapy can be requested here.
Elwyn’s Preschool Early Intervention Services (SEEDS) has employment opportunities available for: Data Personnel; Certified Speech, Physical and Occupational Therapists for direct service and IEP Teams; and Certified Special Education Teachers for direct services, Service Coordination and IEP Teams. A List of openings in available here.
Elwyn’s Preschool Early Intervention Services partners with major universities and national organizations, such as the Center for Autism Research at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, for research on Autism Spectrum Disorders and topics related to preschool early intervention. Request information on current research projects or to become involved.