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Heather Justen, Director of Early Childhood
Early Childhood Supervisor

797 E. Clinton TR 201
Tiffin, Ohio 44883
(419) 448-5079
Fax: (419) 448-5082

 

Meet Our Staff

The Family Learning Center at Sentinel is a collaborative project of the Seneca County Department of Development Disabilities, Vanguard-Sentinel Joint Vocational Schools, WSOS Head Start and the North Central Ohio Educational Service Center with the cooperative efforts of the Seneca County General Health District. The Family Learning Center strives to provide comprehensive medical, educational, social and mental health support to both children and their families. It is designed to empower families as we strive to meet our nation's number one educational goal-All children will start school ready to learn.

 

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Family Learning Center

Help Me Grow: Early Intervention (Ages 0-3)

This program is designed to serve children birth to age three who have been identified as having a developmental delay or are at risk. An Individualized Family Service Plan is developed and implemented for each child and family. Services may be provided at The Family Learning Center, in the home, or at the Fostoria site.

Help Me Grow: Ohio Early Start/Parents as Teachers (Ages 0-3)

This program is designed to serve children birth to age three. Those families eligible include parent and/or children with biological factors, mothers under age 20, family issues/concerns and parental issues/concerns. An Individualized Family Service Plan is developed and implemented for each child and family.

Integrated Preschool (Ages 3-5)

This child development program is designed to provide services to children identified as having special education need. Children having communication, motor, social/behavioral, adaptive, hearing, vision, or cognitive delay may be eligible for services. An Individualized Education Plan is developed and implemented for each child. Services may be provided at the Family Learning Center or in the home. Children with typical skills are also enrolled in the integrated program.

Central Intake and Referral

A central intake and referral professional is located at The Family Learning Center. This professional takes referrals for the Early Intervention as well as the Early Start/P.A.T. Program. Each child visited receives a developmental screening. The families strengths and needs are discussed and linkages may be made to support each family.

WSOS Head Start (Ages 3-5)

This state and federally funded comprehensive program for income eligible 3 to 5 year olds and their families offers educational, health, parent involvement and social services. Options include Center Based - at the Family Learning Center, Home Based - in the family's home, or Family Day Care - in licensed provider homes.

Parent Guidance

Sometimes it is easier for parents to talk with another parent. Parents whose children are enrolled in the Center may contact a parent who will assist them in meeting their family's needs. A parent support group will meet at least once a month at the center.

Speech and Language

This program provides speech and language services to those children identified as having a communication delay. Children receiving and language services must meet each program's specific identification criteria.

Occupational and Physical Therapy

This program provides occupational and physical therapy to those children identified as having a delay in motor development. Children receiving occupational or physical therapy must meet each program's specific identification criteria.

Graduation, Reality, and Dual-Role Skills (G.R.A.D.S.)

This program is designed to provide education and support for pregnant and parenting teens enrolled in school. Information in prenatal care, parenting skills, self information, and independent living is provided.

Sentinel Vocational Careers in Education Program

This program is designed to prepare 11th and 12th grade students as educators of young children. Students will complete four(4) semesters of instruction in The Family Learning Center at Sentinel and on Terra Community College's campus in their Early Learning Center. Terra college credit, along with other certifications, will be obtained. Sentinel Vocational Center's ECE Program consists of the basic core competencies required of students for entry level employment and students pursuing post-secondary education as teachers of young children or related fields.

Adult Basic Literacy Education/ABLE

Sentinel's ABLE/GED classes are free and flexible for persons 18 years of age or older. Course offerings include: basic literacy instruction, GED preparation, basic skills remediation, English as a Second Language, life skills competencies, employability training, and basic computer instruction. Instruction is tailored to meet individual student needs. Sixteen and seventeen year olds are eligible to participate in the program only if they can provide specific documentation required by the state.