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Funded through the Department of Education, the Arkansas Better Chance for School Success grant provides quality early education opportunities to children ages 3-5. Our ABCSS program is funded through the grant and offered at no charge for families meeting eligibility criteria.
Our Developmental Treatment program is designed for children who are struggling to meet developmental milestones, exhibit developmental delays and/or have a medical diagnosis warranting nursing services. Children enrolled in this program attend our early education program daily Monday-Friday where individualize skills are addressed in a enriched classroom setting.
KidSPOT offers transportation services to meet the needs of families requiring assistance. Our KidSPOT vans are often spotted all over Northeast Arkansas providing transportation services to the children and families enrolled at KidSPOT. The goal of our transportation fleet is to offer access to early education, therapy, and medical appointments to families in need of assistance.
Although not every child who attends KidSPOT receives therapy services, our clinics are staffed with highly qualified Speech Language, Occupational, Physical and Developmental therapists to meet the needs of those children who do. Evaluation and treatment services are provided in an array of settings including classrooms, treatment rooms, and specialized gym areas. Click on the Find out More button below to learn more about our therapy team, specialized treatment options. and to view our gym areas.
KidSPOT participates in the Arkansas Special Nutrition Program which provides reimbursement to our center for offering well balanced and nutritious meals and snacks to children enrolled in our facility. Through this program, KidSPOT offers breakfast, lunch, and one afternoon snack at established times. Meals are typically served family style, however have been altered due to Covid. Our food service staff maintain Safe Serve certification and are trained to provide specialized meals to meet dietary restrictions. Menus are approved by our dietician and rotate on a six week cycle.
Our KidSPOT Early Intervention team provides
supportive services to families of children (0 to 3) with developmental delay or disability and link families to resources in the community while encouraging parents to become advocates for their child. Parent training and education assists parents in enhancing their child’s development, learning, and growth.
Since children learn best in familiar settings with familiar people doing familiar activities and routines, services are provided within the child’s natural environment. Natural environments are settings that are natural or normal for the child’s age peers who have no disabilities. Intervention works best when it is incorporated as a part of the everyday routines and activities in which families participate and in places where families would typically be.
Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) is a intervention which focuses on teaching new skills; maintaining or increasing appropriate behaviors; helping to generalize skills in different environments; and reducing or eliminating inappropriate or problem behaviors. ABA is actually used to help with more than just an Autism diagnosis. The behavioral interventions used within ABA therapy can be utilized to treat any type of behavioral disorder.
In association with The Arkansas Autism Partnership (AAP); KidSPOT is able to provide ABA services through the Medicaid waiver program for young children with autism between the ages of 18 months and 8 years.
To learn more about ABA, our ABA team, and the services provided, click on the link below.
At KidSPOT, our team of Registered and Licensed Practical Nurses provide on-site care Monday-Friday. Not only do our nurses administer medications, they also work closely with audiology, local pediatrician offices, therapists, families, and are on the front-line for Covid compliance. In addition, our nursing staff maintains medical documentation, shot verification, medical records, prescriptions, referrals, and all other medical related documentation.
Over the course of about 30 weeks, trained home visitors work with parents to guide them through a weekly curriculum. Lessons and curricula activities are geared to the child’s age and development level, and the home visitors instruct the parents with easy-to-follow exercises and materials. Parents then spend time each day reading to their children, teaching them numbers, colors, letters, and many more school readiness skills using the tools, techniques, and materials provided by the home visitor.
HIPPY Home-based Educators visit parents of 2, 3, 4, and 5-year-old children, in the home, once a week for at least 45 minutes and role-play lessons. Each set of lessons includes activities focusing on literacy, math, science, motor skills, and language development.
Enrollment for all programs at KidSPOT begins with a telephone call and/or brief meeting with one of our Intake Coordinators who will help determine which program option best fits the needs of your child and family. Once program options are reviewed, the Intake Coordinator will guide you through our application and placement process. This process is extremely important in our Jonesboro clinic given the various program options that are available. Additionally, our Intake Coordinators can answer all your questions, schedule facility tours, assist with insurance applications, transportation, therapy, and all other aspects of enrollment including state mandated enrollment documentation.
High quality child care and early childhood education set the stage for how well our children learn, how they think of themselves and how they interact with their world. We as parents, child care providers, educators and citizens have a responsibility to make sure all of our children have the very best experiences they can. Better Beginnings, Arkansas’s Quality Rating Improvement System, has been developed to do just that!
Better Beginnings distinguishes the quality of each Arkansas child care facility by a 1, 2 and 3-star rating system. KidSPOT has earned a Better Beginnings Rating Scale of 3 stars.
To learn more about our curriculum and daily classroom routines, click below.
Our team is comprised of an array of specialists including Doctorate, Masters, Bachelors, and Associate level teachers and therapists. Our nursing team is comprised of Register Nurses and Licensed Practical Nurses who administer all medications, emergencies, general nursing duties, and correspondence with pediatricians, audiology, therapy, and all other medical professionals. Additonally, the Administration team for all KidSPOT locations is housed in our Jonesboro clinic.
KidSPOT Owner: Gina Deuter Tilton
Director of Operations: Amy Rottinghaus
Director of Human Resources: Belinda Ciganek
Director of Nursing and Admin: Kassie Evans
Director of Therapy: Jason Craig
Intake Coordinator: Brandon Calhoun
Director of Transportation: Landon Wise
Curriculum Director: Sarah Sitzer
Special Nutrition Supervisor: Ashtyn Burdin