About Easterseals North Georgia

Strengthening children and their families at the most critical times in their development is our driving force. Our staff, our volunteers, our sponsors and our children fuel our passion and ignite our success.

Recent research confirms that the first five years of a child’s life are particularly important for the development of the brain, and the first three years are the most critical in shaping the child’s brain architecture. These early years are the foundation that shapes children’s future health, happiness, growth, development, and learning achievement while at school, within the family, and as part of the community.

We provide early education and early intervention services to nearly 4,000 children from birth to age five living in metro Atlanta and North Georgia who are disadvantaged or disabled. We also provide support services to their families, helping them become better educated, more self-sufficient, and an even stronger support for their child, no matter their income or ability.

Our history of using evidence-based programs has helped us achieve outcomes that exceed expectations. Integrated teams of therapists, teachers, and other health professionals help each child overcome obstacles to independence and prepare them for the next phase in their life. 45% of children who start our program are measured as performing at or above age-level. Upon leaving our program, more than 92% are at or above age-level. These results serve as a testament to the services and benefits we provide our children, our families and our community.

Families thank us every day. And every day we thank our families and children for the privilege of caring for them, teaching and supporting them.

The overarching aim of all ESNG’s programs is to ensure every child will start school healthy and ready to learn. We work to achieve this goal by implementing four components. First, the creative curriculum allows young children to learn through exploration and play. We also provide the necessary medical, mental health, and disability services children need to thrive. Next, our family-centered therapies not only address children’s developmental delays or disabilities, they also empower families to support their children’s development. Finally, children will not continue to be successful without strong, independent families.  Our programs offer families the health and social services support they need to become their children’s most important teacher and advocate.

Areas of Service Include:

Early Education & Care (including STEM and Early Literacy)

Early Intervention

Early Childhood Mental Health (Social/Emotional Development)

Disability Services

Medical Assistance

Parent & Family Trainings

Foster Grandparents

One of our thousands of success stories.

Meet Oliver. Oliver began receiving services through our Early Intervention Program as an infant. Thanks to Georgia’s Child Find Program, families who have a child who is born with a disability receive information about our Babies Can’t Wait Early Intervention Program while still in the hospital.

Children born with Downs Syndrome want to do what all children want to do; they want to sit, crawl, walk, explore their environment and interact with the people around them. To do that, they need to develop their gross motor skills. Because of certain physical characteristics like low muscle tone, increased joint flexibility and decreased strength, children with Downs Syndrome don’t develop motor skills in the same way that a typically developing child does.

But that didn’t stop Ollie! He received physical and occupational therapy to develop his fine and gross motor skills. Before too long, Ollie was sitting, crawling and walking! Ollie is about to graduate from our Early Intervention Program and will soon be attending a neighborhood Pre-school program where he will continue to grow and thrive. Easterseals’ Babies Can’t Wait program provides critical early intervention that will ensure that Ollie and other children like him will experience achievement and success in school and in life.

MEDICAID ADVOCACY

You can make a difference. Please do not let the proposed health care cuts pass the Senate. Together we can be heard. Click here to see a suggested letter and a link to send it directly to our GA Senators. Medicaid makes a difference. So can you.

SPECIAL EVENTS

Our Special Events are a great way to share our stories of Hope and Dreams to the communities we serve. These events help raise funds and awareness so that we can continue to provide the programs, services and benefits to our children and their families.

Coming Up – Our 7th Annual Trick or Treat Trot Family Fall Festival & 5k Run/Walk

The perfect day for families, friends, neighbors and colleagues to run, walk and play together for fitness and a common purpose—to help children who are disabled or disadvantaged. Costumes, arts and crafts, face painting, prizes, and a safe trick or treating experience for all children!

Runners can help us raise awareness and funds while qualifying for the 2018 Peachtree Road Race!