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Early Intervention Program

About Us

For over 30 years, Northeast Community Center for Behavioral Health has been partnering with Elwyn to provide Early Intervention services to children 3-5 years old at our two locations, one in Northeast Philadelphia and one in North Philadelphia. Our focus is to help children this age to prepare for Kindergarten by directly addressing the child’s specific Individual Education Plan (IEP) goals while still addressing the Early Learning Standards set by the State of Pennsylvania. We also participate in the Keystone STARS; Pennsylvania’s Quality Rating and Improvement System. We are proud to be rated the highest rating of a STAR 4 which allows us to continuously offer programs with quality standards of practice.

Our teachers are certified educators that have experience with a variety of children. Along with a teacher in every classroom, we also have a paraprofessional in every classroom. Our paraprofessionals come to us with a minimum of 2 years’ experience and become certified special education paraprofessionals through an intensive training by the state of Pennsylvania. We also have Speech & Language Therapists, Physical Therapist and Occupational Therapists in the building to assure that all of the student’s IEP goals are being addressed as Elwyn has written them. Transportation is also offered through Elwyn and the School District of Philadelphia so be sure to ask when you speak with Elwyn about your placement.

We utilize the Starfall Pre-K Second Edition to facilitate weekly themes and activities. Starfall is a state of Pennsylvania approved curriculum that aligns seamlessly to the Pennsylvania Learning Standards for Early Childhood. Families can click the link below to review the curriculum and family resources.

Our programs consist of early intervention classrooms at both locations. We offer either an AM (8:45am – 11:15am) session or a PM (1:15pm – 3:45pm) session. We also offer a full-day Autistic Support Classroom that runs from 9:30am-2:30pm at our North Philadelphia building.

Useful Links for Families


Contact Us:

EIP Program Director:
Donna Bradford, M.Ed
(215) 831-3053

Education Director – Stacy Riker
900 E. Howell Street
Philadelphia, PA 19149

Education Director – Rayanna Tomlin
5700 North 11th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19141


Preschool Special Education:

Northeast Growth and Development Center (NEGD) provides Early Intervention (EI) services through a contract with Elwyn for children ages 3 to 5. If you have concerns regarding your child’s development in the areas of learning, socialization, hearing, speech, motor/mobility skills, you should contact Elwyn SEEDS to determine eligibility: 215-222-4050.

Center Based Services:

Services can also be provided in a center based classroom for children with more significant needs. Classrooms are run by certified teachers and are limited in class size. Children will also be able to receive their related services within this classroom setting.

Community Based Services:

EI services can be provided in any location where your child spends his or her day, either in the home or an early childhood care setting. Other options for community based services include language group or services by appointment.