KenCrest Pennsylvania Birth-To-5 Mission
Our mission is to provide high-quality Early Intervention services to children ages birth to 5 to enhance their knowledge and growth. We work collaboratively with families, providing a variety of services throughout Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, and Philadelphia counties.
Services We Provide
KenCrest’s Birth-to-5 program works together with families in supporting their young child with developmental delays. Early Intervention provides supports and services to help each child grow and develop to their fullest potential. Our staff has been supporting young children and their families for over 100 years, and we know how important it is to listen to families and what their concerns are for their child.
For children ages birth to 3 in the five Pennsylvania counties we serve, we provide the following:
- Speech Therapy
- Occupational Therapy
- Physical Therapy
- Special Instruction
- Behavioral Supports
- Psychological Services (Philadelphia Only)
For children ages 3 to 5, we provide Special Instruction services in Delaware County. In Montgomery County, we provide Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, and Speech Therapy services. These services are coordinated through the Intermediate Unit of those counties.
What Sets KenCrest Apart
KenCrest staff uses a coaching model when supporting parents/caregivers. Our practices involve collaborating with parents/caregivers, family members, and child care or pre-school teachers. We work together to identify the specific concerns of the parent/caregiver and then develop an individualized plan for their child. As a team, we identify the strategies that will enhance their child’s development, strategies that can be easily implemented into the child’s daily routines. We begin our work once the parents/caregivers in collaboration with the early intervention team identify goals for their child.
Through our Early Intervention services, families are confident in supporting their young child at home and in the community. All Early Intervention services are provided in the child’s home, child-care setting, or in the community (playground, library, etc.). We encourage families to practice the strategies when they are out in the community as well as at home so that their child can participate in activities with others and learn to be successful with developmental issues that were once challenging.
Referrals for Early Intervention Services
Parents who have questions or concerns about their child’s development may call the CONNECT Helpline: 1-800-692-7288 or visit the Pennsylvania Department of Education’s website.
Parents with a child who qualifies for Early Intervention services can request KenCrest as their provider through the county in which they live.
All Early Intervention Services are free of charge to families with children who qualify for services. The county in which a family lives covers the cost of services.
Teleintervention Services During COVID-19: Success Stories
Soon after the COVID-19 pandemic began, KenCrest adapted the way we provide some Early Intervention services with use of technology. Instead of meeting face-to-face with families, our therapists and instructors used online platforms like Zoom, GoToMeeting, and FaceTime to have virtual therapy sessions so that children could continue to improve. Click here to read a few of the teleintervention success stories.
Click here for a list of resources for Early Intervention services and for individual county websites.
“The team of OTs, PTs, and SLPs from KenCrest gave my son a great start—the best he could have had! He is doing great in school now. They helped him and became like family to us!”