A “Little” Change in Greenfield - Key Program News

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A “Little” Change in Greenfield

This autumn, the Greenfield, MA STARR Programs underwent significant changes.  The Park Street STARR Program was newly licensed to accept children from newborn to age 12 and the former DYS-funded “Our House” Program was newly minted as the Shelburne Road STARR Program licensed for children ages 12 to 19.

Much hard work went into preparing for these changes; including multiple inspections; some rigorous trainings including  diaper changing, toilet training, early developmental needs, attachment concerns, special needs for young children on the Autism Spectrum, play activities, pre-school learning; SIDS and having all staff certified in infant and child First Aid/CPR.

The Park Street STARR Program is now equipped with a gorgeous crib, pack ‘n play, Legos, Lincoln Logs, picture and early reading books (like Dr. Seuss), bottles, step-stools, potty seats, children’s eating utensils, etc.  The sensory room is colorful and includes a 3-D rug (a big hit with a little boy with autism!), colorful balls, sensory lights, and stuffed animals.  It has been an adventure to say the least, especially with a very active and playful 3-year-old tyke placed within days of receiving licensure.

The Shelburne Road STARR Program serving adolescents offers similar fare, with a new recreation room and a very soothing and cool sensory room.   Staff have done a remarkable job embracing the changes and seem to enjoy the opportunity to work with a greater degree of client diversity.

Thank you very much to everyone who helped to make the transition seamless - our dedicated and passionate staff, a really phenomenal supervisory and clinical  team, an incredible nurse who provided trainings specific to younger children and an Agency that spared nothing to provide all that is needed to care for these children.