Department of Children Services
The Department of Children’s Services oversees and administers the provision of early intervention, preschool, & school age special education and therapeutic services to approximately two hundred (200) children annually, from birth through age twenty-two (22). Early intervention services are provided year round through both a home-based and center-based model at Happy Day School. The preschool and school age programs operate on a nine-month calendar with all services provided at Happy Day School.
The Department also oversees the provision of a seven week Akron Area YMCA/Rotary camp at Happy Day School which serves over 60+ children eligible to receive Board services.
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The Department of Children’s Services is administered and supervised by the Director of Children’s Services, Gail McAlister. The Department of Children's Services also has three Account Clerks.
Account Clerk II
Account Clerk I
Account Clerk I
Additional, detailed information about the Department of Children’s Services can be found here: Children Services Staff.
Frequently Asked Questions
My doctor told me to call Happy Day School for a referral for therapy services for my child. What is the process?
We go through an agency called Help Me Grow for our referrals on children from birth to 3 years of age. Please contact them at 330-298-4545 Ext. 300, and they will do the initial intake and then contact Happy Day School to determine if your child is eligible for services through an evaluation with our Early Intervention team and the Help Me Grow coordinator.
My child is 3 years old or older. Can he/she can receive Services through Happy Day School?
After age 3, your local school district is responsible for coordinating all Special needs services. You would need to contact your local school district and ask for the Special Education Director or department, and they will provide you with the services they have available. However, if the school district cannot provide services, and they feel we may be better suited to do so, they will contact our Director of Children’s Services and set up a meeting to determine the best solution for services. There is no guarantee Happy Day School will have a placement available and you may need to be put on a waiting list for the school. The parents/guardians are a very important part of determining the placement process.
What is your Kids and Community Program for typically developing children?
This is a program we provide for children two years to five years of age (toddler and preschool ages) that provide your children with an atmosphere where they are in a classroom serving as typical peers to our children with disabilities. The tuition is on a sliding scale base on family income. Toddler age come two half days per week and Preschool age come four days per week, all day (9:00 AM – 3:00 PM). An application for enrollment must be filled out and returned to the school. There is also a screening process involved to make sure they are a fit for the classroom.