Infant and Toddlers Program seeks money for headquarters

February 17, 1994|By From Staff Reports

The county's Infant and Toddlers Program is seeking approximately $30,000 to renovate the greenhouse at Carroll Springs School for program offices.

Through an interdisciplinary arrangement with education and health agencies, the program provides services to children under the age of 3 with developmental delays.

The program's lead agency is the county Health Department. Other service providers are the county school system, the county Department of Social Services, Human Services Programs and the Association of Retarded Citizens.

Program coordinator Hope Jacobs operates out of the Main Street Exchange Building in Westminster, but there is no space for children's groups or other staffers.

At a meeting yesterday of the program's coordinating council, Harry Fogle, supervisor of special education with the county school system, said it would be possible to renovate the greenhouse at Carroll Springs School to accommodate the Infants and Toddlers Program.

He estimated the renovation costs at about $30,000, including installing heating and air conditioning systems, work stations and making the building accessible for the disabled.

Dr. Fogle said the school system doesn't have money in its budget for the renovations and suggested that the Infants and Toddlers program go to the state for money.

He said the renovations could be completed by the 1994-95 school year.

Ms. Jacobs said a new office would make it possible for a health department nurse, therapists and support staff to work out of the same space.

The program could also hold classes and support groups in the office.

"We'd be able to better serve the families and make the program run more efficiently," she said.

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