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Birth - 5 Years

Young child with a developmental disability


Birth to 5

The Autism Society of Mahoning Valley is an affiliate of the Autism Society of America and serves Mahoning, Trumbull and Columbiana counties.

Autism Society of Mahoning Valley

PO Box 151
Canfield, OH 44406
Phone: 330-333-9609

Host to Camp Friend in the Summer

Camp Friend was generously supported in 2018 by: the Youngstown Foundation, Community Foundation of the Mahoning Valley and Akron Children’s Hospital Boardman. Staffing and Organized by: ABA Therapy Solutions Facebook page has information and details. For general information on Camp FRIEND information visit



Here is an arm band or Velcro for shoes with id tag.

Special needs products and emergency resources.

AngelSense GPS Tracker

AngelSense is a wandering and safety solution that includes a non-removable GPS device for the child and an app for the parent.

Autism Awareness:

OCALI  (Ohio Center for Autism and Low Incidence) inspires change and promotes access to opportunities for people with disabilities.

470 Glenmont Avenue - Columbus OH 43214



8:00 am - 4:30 pm Monday-Friday

Summer Hours (June 5 - August 11): 8:00 am - 4:00 pm EST Monday-Friday

Some helpful websites for various needs:

  • Help with sleeping 

  •   Facts about Autism

  • Sensory Friendly home activities

  • Autism research and information

  • Promoting Safety and Well-being

  • Statistics from other parents

  • Tips to help prevent Wandering and Safety

  • Guide to Benefits of playtime

Available Family Grants:

CARE Family Grant Program is mainly for helping families with medication, autism diagnosis/evaluation, therapy session (including speech, OT and ABA,) and autism summer camps.

Danny’s Wish iPads for Autism applications will only be accepted September 1st through December 31st of each calendar year. Applications received and approved will be acknowledged by email & submitted to lottery for the next allocation of iPads awarded. Unfortunately incomplete applications will not be considered for award. iPads will be awarded each April of each calendar year.

First Hand is dedicated to impacting the health of children, their families and communities through reactive and preventative initiatives. To fulfill that mission, we provide funding for individual children with health-related needs when insurance and other financial resources have been exhausted.

Friends of Man, the charitable arm of the Institute for the New Man, gives help to people who find themselves in a situation where they have nowhere else to turn.

Modest Needs hallmark grant is our Self-Sufficiency Grant. We make Self-Sufficiency Grants in an effort to assist individuals and families who, because they are working and live just above the poverty level, are ineligible for most types of conventional social assistance but who, all the same, are living one or two lost paychecks away from the kind of financial catastrophe that eventually leads to homelessness.

Through the ASDF’s Holiday Gift Card Program, we provide families across the country with $250 gift cards for the holidays, I-pads and social camps.

The intent of NAA’s Give A Voice program is to provide communication devices to individuals with autism who are non-verbal or minimally verbal, and whose communication challenges put them at increased risk of injury or harm.

The special needs scholarships can be used offset the cost of camp, tutoring, classes, secondary education, post-secondary education or tools to help them learn and flourish.

MyLocalLink connects individuals and families to critical community services and resources.. Find local services and resources such as health care, job training, food, housing and more on MyLocalLink, a free service offered by Akron Children’s Hospital. Many of the services and programs are free or reduced cost, and some have eligibility criteria.

Help Network of Northeast Ohio

261 E Wood St, Youngstown, OH 44503

Phone: (330) 747-2696

Provides 24/7 crisis intervention, suicide prevention and intervention, referrals, support services and counseling services to persons experiencing mental health related and/or situational problems. Help Network of Northeast Ohio also: refers and links persons in need of emergency assistance to community resources that can provide it; disseminates information about community human services to individuals and families who need them; works with planning organizations and government units to ensure these services are provided. Dial 211 to learn more about any of the local programs or use the link;

Search database. Link below.

SHP (Sleep in Heavenly Peace)

We're a group of volunteers dedicated to building, assembling and delivering top-notch bunk beds to children and families in need.

Local contact:

Mickey Carder (Chapter President)


Ohio WIC (Women, Infants, and Children Program)

WIC is a nutrition education program that provides nutritious foods that promote health for pregnant women, women who just had a baby and children up to age five.

More information click on link:


Mahoning County WIC program

50 Westchester Dr.

Austintown, Ohio 44515

(330)792-2397 Ext. 225


Mina’s Foster Closet

Mina’s Foster Closet is a non-profit organization providing new or gently used clothing, toys, baby gear, bookbags, toiletries, furniture, and other needed items to Foster Parents and Kinship Guardians.


Call: 330.536.9098

Address: 11836 South Ave.

Door #4, 1st Floor

North Lima, OH 44452

Safe Kids Mahoning Valley Coalition

Safety programs such as car seat checkups, safety workshops and sports clinics that help parents and caregivers prevent childhood injuries.

Services: Child Passenger Safety Seats, Infant and Child Safety Education

6505 Market Street

Youngstown, OH 44512

(330) 729-9254

The Touched by Nathan Foundation

Address: 125 W McKinley Way #14436, Poland, OH 44514

Phone: (330) 750-1934

Our Mission

Everyday, in the Mahoning Valley, babies are born with fragile conditions that threaten future hopes and dreams. For these families who are devastated by such circumstances, we offer education, help and comfort to inspire hope in an understanding and compassionate way.

What does Touched by Nathan provide?

•An Inspirational Library to help families learn about their baby’s condition to offer them hope and comfort.

•A Travel Program to help with transportation costs and car beds for fragile infants

•Some medical equipment to take home with baby when it is prescribed by the doctor

•Individual needs some assistance is provided on an individual need basis

•Food vouchers and overnight rooms

•Some Funeral expenses

•Memory boxes

Down Syndrome of the Valley (Host to the Buddy Walk)

945 Boardman Canfield Road

Boardman, OH 44512


Fax 330.726.3727


National Down Syndrome Society



National Down Syndrome Congress

The National Down Syndrome Congress is dedicated to an improved world for individuals with Down syndrome. We are the leading national resource of support and information for anyone touched by or seeking to learn about Down syndrome.

Educate. Advocate. Empower. Inspire.

30 Mansell Court, Suite 108

Roswell, GA 30076


Fax: 770.604.9898


Put Downs First- Down Syndrome Walk of Warren


The Canine Campus Training & Wellness Center

Together Journey Service Dog training

Katie Costello at 330-716-3071

The Go Team Therapy and Service Dogs

Melissa Simko, 1330 Seaborn Street Suite 6, Mineral Ridge, Ohio 44440, 330-984-6175,

Melissa may find dog and train 3 times a week for the life of the dog at $3000 for individuals. Child must be 9 years old or have a parent be trainer.

A Place for Paws


service training at 165 Nulf Drive, Columbiana, Ohio   44408

Knapp Center for Childhood Development

Dr. Knapp

950 Windham Court, Suite 4

Boardman, OH 44512


Hours: 8:30-5pm

Potential Development (PreK, Elementary and Highschool)

2405 Market St.

Youngstown, Ohio 44507


Rich Center for Autism


640 Elm St., Youngstown, OH (on YSU campus)

Hours: 7-4pm M-F

Summit Academy School

144 N. Schenley Ave.

Youngstown, Ohio 44509


K-7th grade

Early Intervention Services

From Birth - 36 Months

Early Intervention services support families of infants and toddlers, from birth to age three, with developmental delays and disabilities. Starting intervention early is the key to improving your child’s ability to learn and develop. Early Intervention professionals will partner with you every step of the way in promoting your child’s learning and development during the first three years.

Who can receive services?

•Was your child born prematurely or with a medical condition?

•Are you concerned your child may be delayed meeting milestones such as rolling, sitting, walking, or talking?

Schedule a developmental evaluation and assessment at no cost to you.

Call us at 330-799-9324 or make a referral for Early Intervention services through the state’s secure Help Me Grow website at

Contact Us For More Information:

Melissa Leighton, Director of Early Intervention


Phone: 330-799-2967

From 3 years to 6 years:

Contact us to get started:

Kathy Murphy

Mahoning County Board of DD

Community Services

Intake and Eligibility Secretary

4791 Woodridge Dr.

Austintown, Ohio 44515

PH: 330-799-2824

FAX: 330-799-2171

Preschools in Youngstown Area

1. Creative Corner Learning Center

(234) 254-9086

1463 Shields Rd

Youngstown, OH 44511

2. The Montessori School of the Mahoning Valley Inc.

(330) 788-4622

2008 Lynn Ave

Youngstown, OH 44514

3. Millcreek Children's Center

(330) 746-7111

44 Essex St

Youngstown, OH 44502

4. Eagle's Christian Preschool and Childcare

(330) 783-5668

2733 Market St

Youngstown, OH 44507

5. Hopes and Dreams Preschool

(330) 793-8260

33 N Wickliffe Cir

Youngstown, OH 44515

6. Boardman United Methodist Church

(330) 758-4527

6809 Market St

Youngstown, OH 44512

7. Southside Academy Inc

(330) 774-5562

1400 Oak Hill Ave

Youngstown, OH 44507

8. The Goddard School

(330) 965-0599

7203 Bristlewood Dr

Youngstown, OH 44512

9. Early Childhood Learning Center

(330) 782-4060

5225 South Ave

Youngstown, OH 44512

10. Barrel of Monkeys

(330) 953-3110

640 S Canfield Niles Rd

Youngstown, OH 44515

11. Storybook Preschool & Daycare

(330) 782-0093

5353 South Ave

Youngstown, OH 44512

12. Renaissance

(330) 747-3029

345 Oak Hill Ave

Youngstown, OH 44502

13. Jump Start Child Development Center Inc.

(330) 744-7430

833 Wick Ave

Youngstown, OH 44505

14. Commission for Jewish Education

(330) 747-0452

505 Gypsy Ln

Youngstown, OH 44504

15. Lockwood Preschool

(330) 788-7634

4570 Lockwood Blvd

Youngstown, OH 44511

16. Early Childhood Learning Center at St Joseph

(330) 953-0800

4565 New Rd

Youngstown, OH 44515

17. DDI HS Westchester

(330) 779-3037

122 Westchester Dr

Youngstown, OH 44515

18. Holy Family Preschool

(330) 757-3480

2731 Center Rd

Youngstown, OH 44514

19. St Christine Pre-School

(330) 792-5322

3125 S Schenley Ave

Youngstown, OH 44511

20. Kids Town

(330) 729-5437

55 Stadium Dr

Youngstown, OH 44512

21. Kiddie Daycare & Preschool

(330) 729-9393

842 Woodfield Ct

Youngstown, OH 44512

22. Austintown Day Care & Learning Center Inc.

(330) 793-3317

538 S Canfield Niles Rd

Youngstown, OH 44515

23. Youngstown Christian School

(330) 788-8088

4401 Southern Blvd

Youngstown, OH 44512

24. Wee Care Day Care & Learning Centre

(330) 743-2273

1101 Ford Ave

Youngstown, OH 44504

25. Robinwood Lane Elementary School

(330) 782-3164

835 Indianola Rd

Youngstown, OH 44512

26. North Elementary School

(330) 757-3855

361 Johnston Pl

Youngstown, OH 44514

27. Poland-Boardman Child Care Center

(330) 757-9747

1940 Boardman Poland Rd

Youngstown, OH 44514

28. Hitchcock Woods Daycare Center Inc.

(330) 758-2108

8482 Hitchcock Rd

Youngstown, OH 44512

29. Cardinal Kiddie Kollege

(330) 759-3004

3243 Cardinal Dr

Youngstown, OH 44505

30. Williamson Elementary School

(330) 744-7155

58 Williamson Ave

Youngstown, OH 44507

The BCMH is a program sponsored by the Ohio Department of Health. The purpose of BCMH is to link families with special health care needs to a network of quality providers. It also assists families in obtaining payment for services their children’s' needs.

CMH supports the medical home for children with special health care needs. A medical home is a way to provide high-quality care that is:

• Family-centered

• Accessible

• Continuous

• Comprehensive

• Coordinated

• Compassionate

• Culturally competent

Most importantly, a medical home is a partnership between the doctor and the child's family. CMH works with doctors and other healthcare providers to ensure that every child with a special health care need will have a medical home.

Which children are eligible for CMH?

Those who are:

• Age 0-21

• Permanent resident of Ohio

• Under the care of a CMH-approved doctor (M.D. or D.O.) and who have or may have a chronic medical condition

Public Health Nurses Work with Families and CMH to:

•Help identify children with special health care needs who may qualify for the program

•Help families locate a CMH provider

•Explain the CMH program, the letter of Approval, and CMH paperwork

•Help the family understand their child's medical plan of treatment

•Help families in billing related problems

Link to CMH webpage:

Local link for Mahoning County:

Public health nurses at Mahoning County Public Health can help families learn more about CMH. Parents may call the Board of Health at 330-270-2855 option 3 to speak with a public health nurse

Ohio Department of Health

CMH - Children with Medical Handicaps Program

246 North High Street

P.O. Box 1603

Columbus, OH 43216-1603

1-800-755-4769 (Parents only)

(614) 466-1700

Fax: (614) 728-3616


Hours: M-F 8am-5pm

Link to find Mahoning County CMH providers:

National Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome

NOFAS educates the public, practitioners, and policymakers about the risk of alcohol use during pregnancy and FASD, the leading known preventable cause of brain damage, developmental disabilities, and birth defects, and a leading known cause of learning disabilities and behavioral problems in children, adolescents, and adults.

1200 Eton Court, Third Floor, Washington, D.C. 20007 

or Contact NOFAS by Telephone at (800) 66-NOFAS

Diagnosis of FASD

Double ARC Center for FASD / NOFAS Ohio

5164 Monroe St. Toledo, OH 43623 (Behind David’s Bridal)

Merged with: A Renewed Mind

Phone: 419-479-3060

Fax: (419) 567-455-7450

Contact: Sr. Suzette Fisher, Program Director, Double ARC Center for FASD or Briana Megyesi, Social Worker


See more information under NOFAS Affiliate above.

Case Western Reserve University – Center for Human Genetics

11100 Euclid Avenue, Lakeside 1500

Cleveland, OH 44106-6055

Phone: (216) 844-3936

Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital

Division of Developmental Behavioral Pediatrics and Psychology

Case Medical Center

11000 Euclid Avenue, MS#6038

Cleveland, Ohio

Phone: (216) 983-1220

Contact: Denise Bothe, MD Developmental Behavioral Pediatrician.


Includes a multidisciplinary diagnostic clinic with a medical evaluation and neuropsychological evaluation in addition to some treatment of FASD.

Dayton Children’s Medical Center – Region 2 Genetic Center

#1 Children's Plaza

Dayton, OH 45404

Phone: (937) 641-3800

Fax: (937) 641-5325

Nationwide Children’s Hospital – Genetic and Genomic Medicine

Ohio State University College of Medicine

700 Children’s Drive

Columbus, OH 43205

Phone: (614) 722-3535

Fax: (614) 722-3546

St. Vincent’s Hospital . Department of Pediatrics

2213 Franklin Avenue

Toledo, OH 43620

Phone: (419) 251-2415

Fax: (419) 251-2422

Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics

3333 Burnet Avenue

Cincinnati, Ohio 45229

Phone: (513) 636-4611 or (800) 344-2462, ext. 4611

Ohio Department of Health – Bureau of Early Intervention Services

Makes referrals to regional genetics centers for diagnosis. Also, they can refer to early intervention programs.

246 N High Street, 5th Floor Columbus, OH 43215. Phone: (614) 644-8389. Fax: (614) 728-9163

Contact: Deborah Wright, Chief.

Ohio FASD State Coordinator

Facilitation and coordination of systems integration for the State of Ohio’s FASD Initiative. Assisting families, caregivers and professionals regarding services and other resources available in the State.

30 E. Broad Street Columbus, OH 43215. Phone: (614) 644-8318 Fax: (614) 995-4223

Contact: Karen Kimbrough, OhioMHAS :

Contact: Alexis Martin ODH:

Valley Christian Early Learning Center

(Old North Church of Canfield)

7109 Herbert Road, Canfield, Ohio 44406


Valley Christian Early Learning Center

(Highway Tabernacle)

3000 S. Raccoon Road, Austintown, Ohio 44515


Grace Place

545 Commerce Street NW, Warren, Ohio 44485


Warren First

4179 Parkman Road, Warren, Ohio


Eagle Christian Preschool and Daycare

2733 Market Street, Youngstown, Ohio 44507


Mary’s Little Lambs Childcare and Preschool

 234 Towson Drive NW, Warren, Ohio 44483


YWCA Discovery Place

25 W. Rayen Avenue, Youngstown, Ohio 44503

330-746-6361 ext. 126

Calvary Baptist Church

( Creative Corners Child Care) 

1463 Shields Road, Boardman, Ohio  44511


Zion Christian Early Learning Center

3300 Canfield Rd.

Youngstown, OH 44511

Phone: 330-792-4066

Fax: 330-792-8012

The Ohio State School for the Blind

Ohio State School for the Blind is a school located in Columbus, Ohio, United States. It is run by the Ohio Department of Education for blind and visually impaired students across Ohio.

Children ages 3 to 22 are placed in the school by their local school district in cooperation with the wishes of the students' parents or guardians. The majority of new students placed in the school have experienced a lack of success in local "mainstreaming" educational programs due to the severity of their disabilities or insufficient resources available in the local district.

Phone: (800) 310-3317

Address: 5220 N High St, Columbus, OH 43214


Jenni Remeis, Intervention Specialist/TVI/COMS

Early Intervention & Preschool Vision Consultant

Ohio State School for the Blind

Office: (614) 728-8805

Cell: (614) 318-3801

Cleveland Sight Center

1909 E 101st St, Cleveland, OH 44106

(216) 791-1101

Our goal is to enable those who are blind or have low vision to achieve independence. We educate, empower and employ; providing training and guidance to our clients and the communities we serve.

Cleveland Sight Center (CSC) has served the needs of Northeast Ohio residents who are blind or have low vision for over a century. CSC offers developmental, rehabilitation and vocational services to ensure success in today’s society.

The services are targeted for all age groups. Our team of optometrists, therapists, employment specialists and other CSC staff are dedicated to assisting our clients live their lives to the fullest. Through education, recreation, training and assistive technology, CSC provides opportunities for those who are blind or have low vision to engage in activities and optimize remaining eyesight.


Laurie Schlickman, L.I.S.W.

Case Manager - Children's Services

216-658-8775 (direct)

216-791-1101 (fax)

216-791-8118 (main)

Sight for All

Connects patient to resources and directs them to appreciate care. Programs: Eye See Again Program – surgical care program, Help Me See Program , Sight for Kids Program

PO Box 125, Youngstown, Ohio 44505, 330-779-8045

American Printing House for Blind, Inc.

1839 Frankfort Ave., Louisville, KY 40206


Louis database

Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library www.aph/dpil/

The National Association for Parents of Children with Visual Impairments

1 800-562-6265

FamilyConnect is an online, multimedia community created to give parents of visually impaired children a place to support each other, share stories and concerns, and link to local resources.

American Action Fund (AAF) for Blind Children and Adults

Baltimore, MD 21230

Bureau of Services for the Visually Impaired

242 Federal Plaza W., Ste. 403,

Youngstown, OH 44503 330-797-9980

The Ohio Center for Deafblind Education

5747 Perimeter Drive Suite 100A, Dublin, OH 43017 614-785-1163

Adaptive Sports of Ohio

offers sports for individuals with physical and blind or visual disabilities

Pilot Dogs

625 West Town Street Columbus, Ohio 43215-4496 614-221-6367

Envision Blind Sports

VIP Summer Sports Camp at Slippery State University (SRU) – overnight sports camp for children who are blind or vision impaired & siblings, 5-18 years

Helen Keller National Center for Deaf-Blind Youths and Adults – (HKNC)

141 Middle Neck Road, Sands Point, NY 11050, 516-944-8900

offers 10 national locations for Professional Learning & Leadership Institute (PLLI) for internship program, information, professional learning, on & off campus services

Connecting Women to a Healthy Pregnancy


Kali Kerstetter, BS

Pathways HUB Operations Assistant

Mahoning County Public Health

50 Westchester Drive

Youngstown, Ohio 44515

Phone: 330-270-2855 ext. 115

Fax: 330-270-9194


Moms and Babies Matter

The Moms and Babies Matter program connects expecting moms to resources that ensure healthy birth outcomes and provides support to mom and baby after birth.

For more information, contact:

Golie Stennis, (330) 742-8264

Quality Child Care

Programs serving publicly funded children must have been Step Up To Quality rated by September 2020. Quality-rated programs provide children with quality curriculum and instruction, from qualified educators, in safe and enriching settings. For a map of a quality-rated child care program near you, click here.


OhioKAN is a new statewide program designed to help kinship and adoptive families navigate and connect with all available resources, locally and statewide.

Swim Therapy:

Swim Whisperers

The YMCA Swim Lesson program uses a lot of group practice, which gives participants more swim time (and less time waiting for a turn). Our program also includes a lot of games and activities, which have been designed to allow students to practice the skills they are learning while having fun at the same time. Swim lessons at the Y are available for ages 6 months through adults (children under the age of 3 must have a parent or guardian in the water with them during class)


Chris Hughes

Senior Aquatic Director


Horse Therapy:


About Us

Therapeutic Riding, Western Riding Lessons, Animal Assisted Team Building Programs, and Educational Field Trips.

Contact Us:

Phone: 330-240-2945


1831 Pleasant Valley Rd

Girard, Ohio 44420

Ohio Governor’s Imagination Library:

This is a FREE opportunity for children birth to age five to receive a free book, once a month. First Lady Fran DeWine has partnered with Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, a book gifting program that mails one age-appropriate book each month to all children under the age of five at no cost to the family. To bring this program to every county and ensure every child in Ohio receives their free book each month, First Lady Fran DeWine partnered with the Ohio legislature in 2019.

The books chosen by Dolly’s Imagination Library are very high quality. Books are age appropriate and come with reading tips for parents on the inside cover. Here is the 2021 book list:

A child enrolled at birth will begin kindergarten with 60 high quality books at no cost. We want all Ohio children to receive the benefit of the Imagination Library. To enroll, caregivers can visit

A child’s first name and last initial, birth date, and the address to send the book to are all that is needed to start getting books in the mail.