Who are we?
Pediatrics Plus Developmental Preschool is a comprehensive and specialized health care program for children with special needs and developmental delays. We are licensed by the State of Arkansas as a CHMS (Child Health Management Services) program. To enroll in our program a child must be Arkansas Medicaid eligible and be referred by his/her primary care physician.
Pediatrics Plus strives to provide the best services possible to every family! Every child enrolled receives a comprehensive evaluation provided by a team of professionals, a staffing with our Medical Director, and an enrollment conference to create a multi-disciplinary treatment plan that addresses the concerns of both the providers and the family. We are strategic in our placement of each child into his/her classroom to best ensure the most successful experience.
We also believe in providing multiple environments for learning. Our centers are equipped with state of the art playgrounds with wheelchair accessible surfaces and equipment to promote motor development, social emotional development, and sensory processing. Our Little Rock and Russellville facilities also have libraries, which we use to promote early literacy skills using multi-sensory activities and reciprocal interaction with caregivers. The expansion plans for our new Conway and North Little Rock facilities also include a new library.
- Marissa M.
For children who qualify for our developmental preschool, the following services are available:
- Cognitive, Motor, and Social Emotional Developmental services provided in a preschool classroom environment
- Physical, Occupational and/or Speech Evaluations and Therapy Services
- Cognitive and Adaptive Behavior Evaluations with corresponding interventions
- Nursing and Medical Services
- Breakfast, lunch and snack following USDA guidelines
- Care coordination for families with medical specialists and DHS
- Very low teachers to student ratios
At Pediatrics Plus, our developmental programs and curriculums are evidence based. We focus our curriculum, classroom management, and creative learning on three main components:
Literacy & Language: Our literacy based curriculum is “Adventures in Learning” enhanced with “Creative Curriculum.” Each topic of study begins with familiar children’s books and includes:
- Language and literacy
- Science and discovery
- Math activities
- Food and nutrition experiences
- Movement and physical education
- Coordination in learning centers and outdoors
- Transition activities
- Family activities
The activities included are based on the Arkansas Early Childhood Education Framework Developmental Learning Strands and Benchmarks.
Links to research & resources: www.arkansas.gov/childcare/adventures
Social Emotional Development: We take an individualized approach to social-emotional development using “engagement.” Our expectation of engagement is that each teacher continually assesses the child during play and other activities and steps in and out as needed to allow more independence & problem solving, encourage the child further in his/her problem solving, or provide appropriate play modeling. We are able to achieve this level of engagement by providing specialized training and very low teacher to child ratios.
Links to research: www.developingchild.harvard.edu
We implement Second Step Curriculum in each classroom to ensure that our staff understands the most appropriate ways to address social-emotional development. The Second Step Early Learning Program promotes success in the early learning classroom, school readiness, and social and life success by developing a child's self-regulation skills, social-emotional competencies, empathy, friendship skills, and problem solving.
Brain Development: By engaging children in intentional multi-sensory experiences, which simultaneously stimulate specific brain centers (i.e. visual, auditory, tactile, and coordination), we can help build a more dynamically developed brain. This type of multi-sensory, hands-on learning builds the strong foundation and brain architecture necessary for all future cognitive, social-emotional, and developmental skills to be built upon. Only with a strong foundation, can children truly achieve their maximum potential for building skills & appropriate relationships throughout life.
Links to research: www.developingchild.harvard.edu
Our Developmental Classrooms:
- Integrate children with & without special needs
- Offer a very low teacher to child ratio
- Use developmentally appropriate and evidence based practices
- Incorporate Handwriting Without Tears, a multi-sensory approach to handwriting that makes writing more fun and easier to learn.
- Follow an individualized treatment plan based on the specific needs of each child
Pediatrics Plus recognizes the positive link between nutrition and school performance. Therefore, we have made a conscious effort to ensure that all meals served to our students have the highest nutritional value. We prepare and cook our meals and snacks on site using whole ingredients and seasonal fresh fruits and vegetables. By strictly limiting processed foods, we are able to plan our meals to limit each child’s daily sugar intake to below the 12 gram recommended daily allowance. Because we cook daily on site, we are able to accommodate most food allergies and special diets.
Medical & Nursing
Pediatrics Plus is a CHMS (Child Health Management Services) licensed provider that provides services under the direction of a medical director. Each child who qualifies for enrollment will be seen by the medical director, a pediatrician, who not only provides a medical evaluation of the child, but takes a comprehensive look at the child’s service needs and authorizes the various service components that will be included in the child’s individual treatment plan.
Pediatrics Plus provides a Registered Nurse on staff during program hours. Nursing services include scheduled nursing services such as routine medications, tube feedings, catheterizations, diabetes management, etc.
- Lauren K.