Saugus has a rich and diverse community of learners. There are many wonderful programs and resources available to the Saugus community.
Screening young children is an effective, efficient way for professionals to check a child’s development, help parents celebrate their child’s milestones and know what to look for next, and determine whether follow-up steps are needed. It’s also an essential first step toward identifying children with delays or disorders in the critical early years, before they start school.
COVID-19 is putting incredible pressure on families. Many families are worried about their child’s mental health, but they aren’t sure where to turn or how to get started. HandholdMA.org, a new family friendly website, can help.
The website, created by a team of mental health and child development experts in partnership with parents who have “been there,” was designed for parents of school-aged children in Massachusetts.
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North East ARC Early Intervention
Early Intervention is an integrated developmental service available to families of children from birth to age three consisting of home visits, center-based visits, assessments, parent-child groups, parent support groups, service coordination, referral and transition assistance. Services are provided by a team of professionals representing a variety of disciplines, such as physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech pathologists, social workers and developmental specialists.
Early Intervention (EI) services are for: (a) children with identified disabilities like Cerebral Palsy, Down syndrome, and Autism; (b) those with developmental delays, as in walking or speaking; or (c) those at risk for delays in development due to risk factors related to birth and/or environmental circumstances.
For a referral:
Behavioral and Health Support Services
M.S.P.C.C. Behavioral Health Support Services
49 South Union Street
Lawrence, MA 08143
Attn: BHSS Intake
Fax (978) 681-9508
Supporting and Promoting the social emotion developoment and social readiness of young children in North Eastern Massachusetts.
Eliot Human Services
20 Wheeler Street
Lynn, MA 01902
Mental Health Center: (781)596-9240
Emergency and Crisis Evaluation 1(800)988-1111
First Signs, Inc.
Dedicated to educating parents and pediatric professionals about the early warning signs of autism and other developmental disorders; provides tools, training and resources to those helping young children to stay on a healthy developmental path.
Child Protective Services
Family Forward Resource Center
103 Johnson St.
Lynn, MA 01902
Career, education, family support, LGBTQ, peer support, substance abuse
Family Ties of Massachusetts
(1-800-905-TIES or 8437)
Family TIES of Massachusetts provides information and referral services, emotional support and trainings to parents of
children with special needs. Family Ties of Massachusetts is a project of the Federation for Children with Special Needs, funded by and in collaboration with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, Bureau of Family Health and Nutrition, Division for Children and Youth with Special Health Needs
HAWC (Help for Abused Women and their Children
Hotline:(978)744-6841 , office: (978)744-8552
27 Congress St. Salem
Services for victims of domestic violence, 24-hr hotline, emergency shelter, and court advocacy.
WIC Women Infants and Children
23 Central Avenue
Lynn, MA 01901
Education and Supplemental Food program