Murray State Launching Early Learning Program
By West Kentucky Star Staff
MURRAY - Murray State University's Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders is launching a new Early Childhood Program for local children in need of individualized intervention in a classroom environment.

The initiative's primary goal is to prepare young children with developmental disabilities to succeed in an educational setting by Kindergarten. Eligible children will be between two-years-old and six-years-old and have autism or other related needs. Children will receive custom support to address social skills, language, pre-academic skills, self-help skills, toilet training, and feeding. 

The program is anticipated to begin in August and will occur at the John W. Carr Hall on Murray State's main campus. Children accepted into the program will receive specialized attention Mondays through Thursdays from 9 a.m. until noon. The classroom will be supervised by Dr. Sean Simons, a Kentucky-licensed psychologist; Dr. Jessica Branch, an early childhood professional; and a team of school psychology graduate students from the University's College of Education and Human Services.

The cost of enrollment is just $15 per day for each child. The fees will directly fund the day-to-day operations of the classroom. Simons and Branch are hoping to provide scholarship opportunities to local families in need.

"With a classroom capacity of approximately five children, a $75 donation would fund an entire classroom for a day, or a donation of $60 would fund one week of therapy for a single child in need," Simons said.

"We know there are people in our community who want to help but aren't sure where to begin," added Branch. "This is an easy way to make a difference in the life of a child and their family."

Melanie Brooks, director of development for the College of Education and Human Services, said they currently aim to raise $5,000 by August, which would fully fund all children participating in the fall semester.

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Published 05:30 AM, Saturday Apr. 03, 2021
Updated 08:18 AM, Sunday Apr. 04, 2021



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