We are now enrolling children starting at 12 months in our Early Intervention Day Treatment program!
We also offer outpatient therapy to qualifying children starting at birth. Act early and inquire about services today!
We want to be on your child's team in the crucial early years!
The growth and development of a child’s brain in the first 5 years of life is critical. These early experiences and interactions form the foundation for future learning in children. Access to high quality childcare, interventions and connections is crucial for optimal development in a child.
Our future educators, scientists, thinkers, doctors, workers and professionals rely on the us providing a strong foundation of skills in these first 5 years of life.
One tool accessible to families is the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Milestone tracker app. This app encourages families to engage in checklists, tips, videos, and illustrations to learn more about their child’s growth. It also connects families with what to do if they have any concerns about their child’s development. This is a powerful tool in learning and guiding a child’s development.
As a passionate advocate for the early childhood community and the importance of early intervention, I serve on the Northwest Arkansas Early Childhood Association Board as a Member at Large. We have a central goal of creating and cultivating relationships with early educators so they feel empowered, supported and valued. Serving and building up this community directly impacts the quality education, services, interactions and care children receive.
I am honored to also serve on the Act Early State Team and Family Advisor Council in the state of Arkansas. These teams are under the Excel by Eight Foundations in a statewide collaborative of parents, health and education professionals working together for Arkansas’s youngest children and their families to navigate early intervention in Arkansas. Championing for our youngest children, these teams meet to work toward actionable plans committed to advancing policies and programs that give children healthy beginnings.
Our children deserve our best and are our future.
Nicole Bedard, M.A., CCC-SLP
Director of Children’s Services
"We know that having a child with special needs can be overwhelming at first, but early intervention is key and makes such a difference.
Myka has progressed significantly since we arrived at Sunshine School. She is beginning to use words and signs to communicate, has medical equipment of her own to help aid her walking and standing, and is showing interest in self-feeding, just to name a few.
We pray that you will find the Sunshine School to be as amazing a resource to your family as it has been for ours!"
- Kalisa, Mom of Myka
There are lots of skills that develop in the first three years of a child’s life. Some infants and toddlers meet developmental milestones more slowly than expected. This is called a developmental delay. Early intervention can help infants and toddlers with delays catch up in their development.
Temperament shapes a child’s behavior and development in significant ways, so understanding a child’s temperament is very important for nurturing his healthy development.
ACT EARLY INFOGRAPHIC
1 - The Early Learning Institute,
2 - Dunkle, M. (Fall 2004). High Quality Developmental Screening. Developmental & Behavioral News, 13(2).
3 - Component Seven: Surveillance and Screening Facilitator Manual, Medical Home Initiatives for Children with Special Needs. https://medicalhomeinfo.aap.org/Pages/default.aspx
4 - Johns Hopkins University, (Shonkoff & Phillips, 2000, http://web.jhu.edu/CSOS/early_learning/)
5 - American Speech-language-Hearing Association's Identify the Signs Campaign, https://i0.wp.com/identifythesigns.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/BHSM-Inforgraphic.png?ssl=1
6 - The Early Learning Institute,
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"We didn’t even know if Michael would ever say his name. Now our son can name just about everyone in our family and says more words than we ever could have imagined when we began this journey.
We truly feel that early intervention services to help Michael was the best decision we could have made for our son. The school is expanding on helping Michael in so many areas of his life that we can’t wait to see how much progress he is going to continue to make at only 3 years old!
We are just thankful to be part of the Sunshine School."
- Alison, Mom of Michael
According to the CDC, "skills such as taking a first step, smiling for the first time, and waving “bye bye” are called developmental milestones. Children reach milestones in how they play, learn, speak, act, and move (crawling, walking, etc.)."
Use these resources to act early as an advocate for your child.