Who We Are
Welcome to the internet site of Child Development Services of Wyoming. CDS is an organization of the Developmental Preschool Programs serving the state. These Programs provide therapeutic and educational services to preschool children with developmental disabilities and delays.
Most of the regional Developmental Preschool Programs are non-profit organizations that evolved independently of each other over a forty year period. In 2001, the Programs decided to create their own membership group to coordinate and manage activities that would benefit members and to pursue issues affecting the developmental preschool system. Membership in CDS of Wyoming is available to all regions.
Fourteen Child Development Regions across the state of Wyoming contract with the Department of Health Division of Disabilities to provide Early Intervention Services to help children and families prepare for kindergarten.
Ninety percent of a Child’s Brain Development Occurs Before the Age of Three:
Developmental Preschools are mandated by Federal and State IDEA (Individuals with Disabilities Education Act) laws to provide early intervention services for all children birth through five years of age who qualify to receive special education services. (P.L. 105.17 34CFR 300.190)
The Mission of Developmental Preschools statewide is to: Screen every child in Wyoming and if they are eligible to receive services, prepare those children for kindergarten, using the most talented licensed Occupational Therapists, Speech Language Pathologists, Special Education Teachers and Occupational Therapists in the state.
Reaching out to you and your child and family
Children with disabilities may function from mild/moderate to severe or profound difficulties in their early development.
Some examples are:
• Speech language delays
• Orthopedic impairments
• Health impairments at birth
• Hearing and visual impairments (deaf/blind)
• Down’s Syndrome
• Cerebral Palsy
• Spina Bifida
• Fetal Alcohol Syndrome
• ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder)
• Chromosomal Abnormalities
CDS has fulfilled this purpose through several programs and activities. They include:
- an active Public Policy agenda that educates and advocates for sufficient resources to operate the Developmental Preschools and provide effective therapeutic and educational services
- the "1 Before 2" campaign that promotes early childhood screenings in the state
- the Early Childhood Social-Emotional Development Program, which integrates social/emotional needs into the developmental preschools' service delivery
- All programs strive for the nation’s highest standards of intervention services for infants and preschoolers with developmental disabilities and delays
The links to the left offer more information about these activities, their financial supporters and the regional Developmental Preschool Programs.