Children’s Development Center plans open house

More than a year after merging with Hope Enterprises Inc., the Children’s Development Center, 625 Edwin St., is inviting the community to explore its facilities and programs during an open house event from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Oct. 22.

“We would just like to open our doors to the public to make them aware of the Children’s Development Center, what goes on there, the types of children we serve and more about the operations,” said Dr. Jim Campbell, Hope Enterprises president.

The center serves the community’s youth in a variety of ways. It offers therapies – physical, occupational and speech – autism services and preschool.

As Joel Weaver, vice president, explained, the preschool program uses a “reverse mainstream” approach, which means that the center attempts to have a mix of “typical children” along with those with disabilities in order to have an inclusive classroom.

“We have quite a mix of kids. Much of our staff bring their own kids here,” Weaver explained.

Those visiting the center also will have the opportunity to meet with therapists and other staff members.

Weaver added that visitors will see an iPad program, which he said has been good for their autistic students.

Campbell said Hope has been pleased with the merger, which allows both organizations to better serve their clients.

“We just try to meet children where their needs exist,” he said.