News & Events
LSEM Expanding Services to Early Childhood Programs in 2017
- March 16, 2017
- Posted by: LSEM
- Category: The Advocate Newsletter
It’s been proven that the earlier a child is diagnosed with a learning need the better! Too often children don’t get the attention they need before it’s too late.
LSEM wants to change that.
Over the past year, LSEM directors have received multiple inquiries about how to better serve the early childhood population. Families that have children with profound needs, such as children on the autism spectrum and children with Down Syndrome, struggle to find Christian environments for their young learners. Conversely, several early childhood programs want to offer help and appropriate support to these families and children, but many times do not know where to start.
Through conversations with multiple churches and early childhood programs in different regions of the country, LSEM has recognized this need and offered support ranging from observation and consultation to more direct partnerships that would provide a special education teacher onsite. Starting in the 2017-2018 school year, LSEM will partner with a Lutheran church in Texas to begin an independent learning center for young children with special needs. Additionally, our resource center staff continues to communicate with a Lutheran church in California to start a similar program either in the fall or winter.
These programs are one way that LSEM seeks to listen to the needs of our ministry partners and build programs and services that will benefit their ministry to all children and families.