NORWALK, Conn. -- STAR, Inc., Lighting the Way of Norwalk has received a $1,000 CVS Caremark Community Grant for its Rubino Family Center.
The support will help the Center reach more families in Mid-Fairfield County to meet the developmental and health related needs of their infants and toddlers.
STAR's Rubino Family Center provides early intervention programs for over 60 infants and children monthly, from age birth to three, who have developmental disabilities, established diagnoses and/or are at risk of delay due to a significant premature birth.
“Our Connecticut Birth to Three Program is a coaching model, a partnership with the family, to demonstrate and implement techniques that will help each individual child drive toward their potential developmentally and healthwise,” said Barbara Fitzpatrick, director of the Family Center, in a statement.
The center specializes in skill development for children with pervasive developmental delays, autism and Down syndrome. Direct services include speech, physical and occupational therapy as well as nutrition counseling.
During the past year, approximately 36% of the children served by the program reached their developmental milestones.
The Community Grants Program was created by CVS Caremark as part of its commitment to building healthier communities.
Grants were awarded to programs that raise awareness of important health issues, focus on chronic disease management and offer training and other tools that communities need to help them on their path to better health.