Early Intervention

First bus ride is the best part of school. We offer kids a chance to practice riding the bus and more.

Special Children’s Friends’ primary preschool program is located in Ellsworth at 78 Union Street.  We are licensed to serve 25 children who reside throughout Hancock County.  Programming is available Monday-Friday 8am-2pm.  A second satellite preschool is located in Sedgwick.  This small program is able to accommodate up to 6 children. 

Early intervention services are offered to families of children with disabilities ages 2 to 6 in Hancock County.  Children requiring occupational, speech, or physical therapy services may receive them on-site by contracted therapists.  All children have service plans to meet their individual needs.  Classroom sizes are small and child to teacher ratios are 2:1 or 1:1 based on their service plan.

Special Children’s Friends is the only preschool program in Hancock County offering Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) through a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA).  ABA is a scientifically validated approach to understanding behavior and how it is affected by the environment. Our contracted BCBA works directly with children providing 1:1 intervention and writing individualized behavior plans.  Additionally, direct supervision and consultation is provided to staff members on a weekly basis.

Referrals for early intervention services come from parents, physicians, nurses, child care providers, Downeast Child Development Services (CDS), nursery school teachers and other community agencies serving children.