Child and Family Development Services

Early Head Start and Head Start
Early Head Start and Head Start provide comprehensive support for families and their children in the areas of education, health, nutrition and mental health. Early Head Start is for families with pregnant mothers and for parents with children ages 4 months to 3 years old . Head Start is designed for families with children ages 3 to 5 years. Both programs encourage parents to envision their role as their child’s primary teacher. Parents are supported in such areas as health and nutrition, prenatal education, GED/literacy and employment/training. Eligibility is based on federal income guidelines. To enroll in Early Head Start, parents must provide: Family information, the child’s birth certificate, proof of address, proof of at least one month of income, and a current immunization report for their child. For more information  please call 
617- 442-8800 ext 1390.

Dimock’s Goddard Learning Center 
A center-based school readiness program, it is licensed to serve 87 4 months to 5 year old children in two adjacent buildings. The program provides children with opportunities for learning and exploration as the foundation for their learning basic skills in language, cognition, social/emotional skills, and problem-solving. The program also provides a rewarding and stimulating environment that is safe yet challenging for youngsters. Program hours are from 7:30 - 5:30 daily and is a year round program. Vouchers are accepted. EEC Contracted Slots and Private Pay slots are available. For more information, please call 617-442-8800, x1390.

 Early Intervention Program

The Dimock Early Intervention Program provides a range of therapeutic service and support to children, from birth to age three, and their families. The Early Intervention Program is certified through the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. A goal of the program is to help a family support and sustain their child’s maximum developmental growth in the context of the family’s everyday life. All services are voluntary.

Individual, therapeutic services are provided in natural settings, including the home and early care and education settings - whichever is most convenient for the family. Therapeutic Child Group services are available at the Roxbury and Allston site offices for children age 18 - 36 months old. Parent Groups are provided at the Allston office.

The Dimock Center has a highly qualified team of professional clinicians credentialed through the Department of Public Health in the following discipline areas:
* Speech Language Pathology
* Physical Therapy
* Occupational Therapy
* Education
* Developmental Specialists
* Social Work
* Psychology

Early Intervention services are provided without cost to families. In instances where a family’s insurance does not cover Early Intervention services, the Department of Public Health will assume the cost.  However, some families may be asked to pay the DPH Annual Participation Fee.  Families receiving MassHealth (Medicaid) are excluded from the fee.

Referral Process
Referrals are accepted Monday through Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  Call the Dimock Early Intervention Referral Line at 617-442-8800,x1414.  In order to expedite the process, please be prepared to provide the following information:
* Name of child being referred
* Child's date of birth
* Reason for referral
* Name of child's caretaker
* Telephone number and address of caretaker
* Insurance information (if applicable)
* Primary language spoken
* Pediatrician's name

The Mary Eliza Mahoney Emergency Family House Shelter
Completely funded by the Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD), The Mary Eliza Mahoney House Emergency Family Shelter is a closed referral program serving DHCD homeless families. The House is one of the few shelters in Massachusetts that accept boys up to age 18 and male head-of-households.

The program is designed for families having difficulties in finding and securing safe affordable housing. While locating and securing safe, permanent housing for guests is the main focus, Mary Eliza Mahoney House staff work to assist all families in navigating service-based programs both on and off campus.

This housing program provides food, shelter, health care, youth services and referral services for education, training and housing through pro-active case management.

If you have an apartment to rent, would like to volunteer or provide a donation, please call the Program Manager at 617-442-8800, x1151





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