It is known that the first few years of a child’s life are crucial to their development. That means the right early learning environment is important. A non-profit organization, A Step Ahead in Pierce County (ASAPC), provides such an environment by offering early intervention through home services and programs designed to assist children, ages infant to three years old, that experience developmental delays.
About 18 years ago, Candy Watkins, recently retired, began ASAPC because she recognized a need for services in the community for children with special needs. Today, ASAPC is staffed with 40 professionals including speech therapists, educators and even an infant health specialist. The organization also has a BOOST program created for foster children which gives additional opportunities for families and caregivers to practice social skills in play groups, field trips and special events through partnerships with Early Head Start, Children’s Therapy Center and the Children’s Museum of Tacoma.
David Pozolinski, former speech therapist and the new Executive Director of ASAPC, says that he and the rest of his staff do the work that they do at A Step Ahead because they are compassionately committed to the mission of the organization—every child with special needs can find a home at A Step Ahead.
“It’s all about the children and the families we serve. There is a definite need for early intervention and in preparing these kiddos for greater success in their future,” says David. “Everyone who works at A Step Ahead in Pierce County is passionate about what we do and the children and families we see.”
Get involved this season and help ASAPC make a difference for the youth in your community. There are many options for donations on the donation page on ASAPC’s website, or you can attend the exciting annual event that supports their CARE fund. The fund is for families that cannot afford or do not have the insurance to pay for needed services and regardless of an inability to pay, each family will receive maximum service. This year, the annual event is Casino for a Cause – License to GIVE, held at Hotel Murano in Tacoma.
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