Department of Children's Programs and Services


Early Intervention Services in Montgomery County (Part C Services):


Parent and Child Enrichment Program (PACE)


The Parent and Child Enrichment Program (PACE) has provided early intervention services to children and their families of Montgomery County since 1972.

The mission of the PACE program is to help infants and toddlers who are at established risk for their development reach their potential.


PACE is built upon the belief that every child is capable of learning, and that each family can play the primary role in furthering their child's development. PACE understands that some children require extra help to reach their potential.

Eligibility for the PACE Program

Infants and toddlers under the age of 3 who are residents of Montgomery County and have been determined eligible by Ohio’s standards for Part C services under the Federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) are eligible for PACE services. A child is eligible for Part C services if a comprehensive developmental evaluation/assessment validates a need for early intervention services in one of more of the following developmental domains or a need for service is validated in conjunction with certain diagnoses:

· Cognition

· Communication

· Social/Emotional

· Adaptive Skills

· Motor

· Or difficulty with vision, hearing and/or medical status  that involves a need for early intervention services.
If your child is found ineligible for Part C services, your Service Coordinator will explain the reason(s) for ineligibility and work with the family to discuss service options outside the scope of Part C.


There is NO out of pocket cost to families for PACE early intervention services. The PACE Program is funded through local, state and federal tax dollars. Local dollars are provided through the Montgomery County Human Services Levy. 

Location of PACE Services

Services are offered in the natural settings of infants and toddlers such as home, childcare settings, and community centers. 


Days/Hours of Operation

Routine hours of operation for the PACE Program are Monday through Friday from 7:30am-4:30pm. These hours of operation are flexible based upon the individual scheduling needs of each family and the ability of the PACE Team to accommodate these needs outside of the routine hours of operation. The PACE Program is year-round and is closed on federal holidays.


PACE Early Intervention Services

PACE provides parents and caregivers specialized instruction, specific techniques and appropriate resources that can be used in every day interactions and routines with their children to further their child’s development. Services are based upon your family’s outcomes written on the Individualized Family Service Plan. PACE services are delivered using a transdisciplinary model of intervention (each PACE team member is trained to address all areas or domains of development). Understanding that developmental areas and skills are integrated with other developmental areas, PACE designs an intervention program that accounts for the whole brain growth. The transdisciplinary approach reflects evidence-based practices and current research on brain development. A hallmark of the transdisciplinary approach to early intervention is parent and caregiver coaching.



Coaching is a supportive process where observation and feedback are used to guide parents and caregivers in ways to adjust their interactions with their child throughout their daily routine to enhance their child’s development.Because the parent/child relationship has the most positive impact upon a child’s development, the focus upon supporting the parent in a way that will help carry through the intervention in a functional manner for the child and family is proven to be most effective.


Your Family’s Team

A Developmental Specialist will be the Primary Service Provider for your family’s PACE early intervention services.  Other PACE Team members on your family’s team may include an Occupational Therapist, Physical Therapist, Speech and Language Pathologist, and/or a Vision Specialist to consult with your family and Primary Service Providers as to strategies that can be used to further your child’s progress towards IFSP outcomes. Each family’s Help Me Grow Service Coordinator is a member of your family’s team. Parents are the most valuable and important members of a child’s team!


PACE Programming reflects the Seven Key Principles for Providing Early Intervention Services as designed by the Workgroup on Principles and Practices in Natural Environments:

1. Infants and toddlers learn best through everyday experiences and interactions with familiar people in familiar contexts.
2. All families, with the necessary supports and resources, can enhance their children’s learning and development.
3. The primary role of a service provider in early intervention is to work with and support family members and caregivers in children’s lives.
4. The early intervention process, from initial contacts through transition, must be dynamic and individualized to reflect the child’s and family members’ preferences, learning styles and cultural beliefs.
5. IFSP outcomes must be functional and based on children’s and families’ needs and family-identified priorities.
6. The family’s priorities, needs and interests are addressed most appropriately by a primary provider who represents and receives team and community support.
7. Interventions with young children and family members must be based on explicit principles, validated practices, best available research, and relevant laws and regulations.

Key Principles for Providing Early Intervention Services in Natural Environments Workgroup on Principles and Practices in Natural Environments: Susan Addison, et. al, 2008.

Transition Services At Three Years Old
When your child turns 35 months PACE will administer and share with you the results of a post test using the Battelle Developmental Inventory – 2 with your consent. At age three, children are no longer eligible for PACE services and can no longer participate in PACE services. Six months prior to your child turning three years old, with your written permission, your Service Coordinator will coordinate a meeting with your school district representative. This is the individual responsible for helping determine if your child is eligible for school district services after age three. This meeting will give you the opportunity to learn about services your school district may have available to you once your child turns three years old.


The PACE Program of the Montgomery County Board of Developmental Disabilities Services is accredited by the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities.

CARF has accredited the Montgomery County Board of Developmental Disabilities Services for its Children and Youth Services that includes the PACE Program. CARF is the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities.

How do I get started in the PACE Program?

All referrals for PACE Early Intervention Services come
from a Montgomery County Help Me Grow Service Coordinator.

Please call 937.208.GROW (4769) to start the eligibility process for early intervention services.



Who Should I contact for more information about the PACE Program?

You may call the PACE Program Main phone line by calling 937-258-1446 to request more information. You may also request this information by emailing the Program Receptionist:


Consumer Satisfaction Survey 2015


Click here to view 2015 PACE Calendar

Click here to view PACE Parent Handbook   

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