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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 website 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

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


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

330-482-4596, service training at 165 Nulf Drive, Columbiana, Ohio   44408

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:

Patti Cearfoss, Intake & Eligibility

Phone: 330-797-2926


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 and supported by the CCCHD. 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:

School Age

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