Child and Career Development Center

Child and Career Development Center

The Child and Relationship Empowerment Program (CARE)

The CARE program provides a therapeutic setting to address the academic and mental health needs of children, ages six through ten years old. A psychiatric recommendation is required for placement. The primary goal of the program is to enhance the psychological well-being of students who experience such emotional stress and disequilibrium that they are unable to adjust to the demands and situations in a regular school setting.

Why choose the CARE program?

Childhood can be an extremely difficult time for children who have been clinically diagnosed with a mental health disorder. The CARE program specializes in helping these children gain the skills they need to return to and succeed in a regular school setting.

What is the CARE program?

The CARE program is a school-based, partial hospitalization program that provides a clinical and alternative education environment for children, ages six through ten years old, who have been diagnosed with a significant mental health disorder, such as a oppositional defiant disorder, a conduct disorder, a mood disorder, an anxiety disorder and/or an attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder.

What are the goals of the CARE program?

  • To decrease the need for more restrictive levels of intervention.
  • To enhance a child’s self-awareness and the ability to develop and maintain healthy relationships.
  • To assist and support children in developing personal strategies for success.
  • To enable children to return to a regular school environment.

How does the CARE program achieve its goals?

The program strives to achieve its goals by providing therapeutic, educational and family services.

  • Cognitive behavioral approach
  • Individual therapy & treatment planning
  • Psycho-social group education
  • Group therapy
  • Psychiatric evaluations and medication monitoring
  • Psychological assessments
  • Transition planning
  • Behavior management system (point and incentive systems)
  • Family intervention
  • Educational Services
  • Regular and special education programs
  • Pennsylvania standards requirements
  • Modified curriculum for individualized education plans (IEP)
  • Core curriculum (language arts, mathematics, social studies, science)
  • Supplemental courses (gym, art, etc.)

To whom does the CARE program provide services?

CARE program services are available to children ages six through ten years old who reside in Chester County and who have been diagnosed with a mental health disorder.

Who provides the services?

Services are provided by the following professionals:

  • Clinical supervisor
  • Clinical staff therapists
  • Child psychiatrists
  • Licensed social workers
  • Pennsylvania state-certified regular and special education teachers

When does the program operate?

The program operates year-round, Monday through Friday. During the summer, CARE provides both academic and therapeutic supports on a modified schedule.

Where is CARE located?

The CARE Program
1525 East Lincoln Highway
Coatesville, PA 19320

Main Phone and FAX Numbers:
Phone: 610-383-7400
FAX: 484-340-3237

Contact Information

Sue Lombardi, Supervisor, Clinical Treatment Programs  610-384-7647
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