Robert’s Story

Robert and his mom participated in Southern Kennebec Child Development Corporation (SKCDC) programming at the Magic location for over two years.

Robert and his mom participated in Southern Kennebec Child Development Corporation (SKCDC) programming at the Magic location for over two years. When he enrolled as a toddler in Early Head Start, Robert had some significant health and development needs, including a brain tumor. SKCDC completed health and development screenings and supported the family through Robert’s referral and evaluation process, resulting in an individualized education plan (IEP).

Robert received speech, occupational therapy and mental health services as part of his SKCDC programming. Staff also supported the family in getting Robert up to date on health and dental appointments. When the public health emergency-related closure occurred, SKCDC supported the family through delivery of food, diapers, health supplies and clothing.

Robert’s mom faced challenges including eviction, legal issues and intermittent employment. SKCDC education and family services staff worked with the family to get their needs met, and United Way funding supported child care fees during employment interruptions.

Robert transitioned to specialized programming with an IEP in place and a strong foundation due to his Head Start experience.

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