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ESD 123 Early Childhood Services

February 2021 Newsletter

Featured Program:

Early Intervention Services

When a child comes into the world with the challenge of a developmental delay or disability, where does a family turn for help? What if the child’s caregivers are also facing other challenges, such as not having enough food, unstable housing, or trouble paying the bills? The answer is Early Intervention Services (EIS). In fact, when a family initially learns that their child has a developmental delay or disability, EIS staff are often the first people to offer much needed support and encouragement.
For more than ten years, ESD 123’s EIS team has sought not only to connect families to resources, but to simplify life also for the families they serve. Right from the start, the team takes time to understand and consider a family’s daily routines when planning and managing services. This means services can be integrated more seamlessly into their days, taking pressure off families who are already working hard and have a lot to juggle.
Services and support come in many forms, from Speech and Language Training and Physical Therapy, to education for students who are deaf, blind, or experiencing autism. ESD 123’s EIS serves approximately 200 infants and toddlers with social-emotional, communication, motor, or cognitive delays. The staff also coaches families on how to support their child’s progress with information on child development, resources, tools, and strategies. EIS also works closely with Parent to Parent, to connect families with other families who have children with similar disabilities.
People are often surprised to learn that services are available to infants and toddlers--thinking that Special Education Services only apply to students K-12. However, the Individuals with Disabilities Act applies to children birth to age 21. This makes it possible for EIS to offer support to infants and their families as well. 
Practical assistance for infants and families might look like helping families who are leaving the hospital or Natal Intensive Care Unit with coordinating, scheduling, and getting to appointments with specialists. While the staff is comprised of highly trained professionals in their respective fields, they often find themselves lending moral support.
In the end, the work is all about enabling children with developmental delays or disabilities to be active and successful at home, in childcare, in preschool or school programs, and in the community. Please visit ESD 123 Early Intervention Services for more information.
Kellie Musick

Meet the Director

Kellie Musick, Director of Early Intervention Services for ESD 123, knows first-hand how much it means to receive the support of others in times of need. In her first year of teaching some 20 years ago, Kellie learned she was pregnant and was concurrently diagnosed with leukemia. Kellie underwent a successful bone marrow transplant and went on to graduate school at the University of Oregon. At her graduation ceremony, she had the opportunity to meet John Payer, her bone marrow donor. According to Kellie, this was a defining moment in her life. “To this day, I feel a personal responsibility to do as much as I possibly can with the life he gave me,” explains Kellie.
“If you had asked me 20 years ago to describe my dream job, this would be it.” 
She has had the opportunity both as a teacher and in her current role as Director. “I have an amazing team and the opportunity to help them to help families help their child which is the best job in the world,” notes Kellie. I know we are making a difference and while miss being the one to provide services, as a director I have the honor to influence the lives of so many more children and families.”
Kellie at Graduation Day

Kellie on graduation day with her bone marrow donor.
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Upcoming Dates

Watch for more early learning workshops and trainings in the ESD 123 Events Catalog:
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Early Intervention Services 

Referral Process:
Parents, families, child care providers, and medical providers can all make a referral to the Birth-to-3 Program when there is a concern about a child’s development. 

Those interested in making a developmental referral may complete the form below. Providers can email a referral form to Sharon Schultz at or fax it to 509-544-5798.

Once a referral is received by our Early Intervention team, a Family Resource Coordinator (FRC) will contact the family within 3 days of receiving the referral in order to gather more information and to assist the family with completing a developmental screening.
The screening is used to determine and discuss further evaluation and whether the child could benefit from early intervention services.

Parental concerns and ideas are primary to the program development and implementation. Our team will work in partnership with parents to design and implement a program that is individual to each child and family needs.

Contact the ESD 123 Early Childhood Team
Matt Bona
Executive Director of Early Learning

(509) 544-5753 |
Kellie Musick
Director Early Intervention Special Services

(509) 544-5754 |
Jennifer Kelly
P-3 and Migrant Academic Coordinator

(509) 544-5755 |
Kelley Correio
Inclusionary Practices Coordinator

(509) 531-2237 |
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