You may have found the Richie McFarland Children’s Center because you’re looking for an educational playgroup for your preschooler. Or you may have concerns about your toddler reaching developmental milestones. Or you may have a young child with special needs. Whatever your reason, welcome to RMCC.
The Richie McFarland Children’s Center assists young children with and without special needs at their most critical stage of development—from birth to six years—through play-based, family-focused, transdisciplinary programs:
We will work with each family to create an individualized plan of care. And because caregivers also need care, RMCC helps families rebuild expectations and guides them in their journey using skill-building, support, and education. We also provide guidance on how to best utilize community and health resources.
But don’t just take our word for it—we encourage you to hear from a few RMCC families directly.
In all we do, RMCC promises to treat each child as an individual, to inspire each family member to be a confident caregiver, and to ensure that our services reduce or eliminate the need for more extensive, expensive education services in the future.
“The organization as a whole—and the individuals dedicated to delivering world-class services to families when we need it the most—has made a difference in our lives as parents, in our lives as a family, and certainly in [our daughter’s] life for now and always.”
FAMILY-CENTERED EARLY SUPPORTS AND SERVICES (ESS)
As a home-based, early intervention program, ESS provides infants and toddlers (from birth to three years) with state-subsidized services that focus on motor development, language and communication, cognitive skills, and social/emotional development. RMCC offers Service Coordination, guiding families and ensuring access to necessary services, on-going assessments, an updated service plan (and any interventions necessary to support that plan), and assistance in accessing community and health services.
Qualification: Our ESS Program is available for any child who meets three eligibility requirements:
- Under the age of 3
- Lives in Eastern Rockingham County (the 24 towns of Region 8)
- Demonstrates a developmental delay or disability
Process: The steps for ESS are: referral, intake, and evaluation.
Referral: Anyone can refer a child for ESS (parents can self-refer) by contacting One Sky Community Services (603-436-6111). As the Area Agency for our region, One Sky serves as the central point of entry for services for children with developmental delays.
If your child qualifies for ESS, an IFSP (Individualized Family Support Plan) is created and implemented. If your child does not qualify, we will educate you about other community options that are available, including paying out of pocket for Pediatric Therapy at RMCC.
Cost: ESS is subsidized by state and federal dollars. If your child qualifies, there is no out-of-pocket cost to families. With permission, we will bill your insurance to help cover the cost of services since the subsidy only covers roughly half the cost.
Have questions about ESS? Read how to get started with ESS.
As a play-based, one-on-one therapeutic program, our Pediatric Therapy program provides children (from birth to six years) with individualized and affordable treatment through:
- Physical Therapy: Promotes functional motor skills, including balance, strength, endurance, coordination, mobility, flexibility, and motor planning.
- Occupational Therapy: Promotes sensory processing, fine motor skills, gross motor skills, self-care, cognitive skills, and play skills.
- Speech Therapy: Promotes articulation, language, feeding/swallowing, and social communication skills.
Evaluation: RMCC staff evaluates your child to determine if therapy is necessary.
Requirements: In addition to an evaluation, your child needs an established plan of care and/or physician’s order for coverage (RMCC staff can provide guidance). We will work with you to build an appropriate schedule, conduct ongoing reviews to assess progress, and offer suggestions for caregiver participation as well as therapy ideas for home.
Cost: The cost for our Pediatric Therapy Program is billed per session or per evaluation. Insurance coverage may apply (families will be responsible for any non-covered services, deductibles, or co-payments). RMCC can provide guidance to maximize insurance coverage.
Have questions about Pediatric Therapy? Please review our FAQ
EARLY LEARNING GROUPS
As a play-based, preschool readiness experience, Early Learning Groups provide children (ages two and three) of all abilities with valuable social opportunities, developmentally appropriate activities, and individualized educational and therapeutic support as needed.
For an overview of our Early Learning Groups please refer to this video:
Curriculum: Our staff implements a language-based curriculum incorporating developmentally appropriate practices with sensory and motor activities, art, pretend play, snack, music, movement experiences, social interaction and communication skills.
Schedule: Classes meet weekly over a set period of time, and groups consist of no more than six children and at least two teachers. Four sessions are typically offered each year: January – March, April – June, July – August, and September – November.
Cost: Registration fees are based on the number of weeks in each session. For information on our upcoming schedule and prices, please call 603-778-8193 or send us an email.
RMCC partners with local libraries, hospital-based parenting groups, childcare centers, and other organizations that serve young children and their families. Through these partnerships, we offer educational visits to support parents and other caregivers in learning about child development, expected milestones, and where to go for help if there are any questions or concerns. For more information on upcoming sessions or if you are interested in scheduling a specialist to meet with your organization please send us an email or call 603-778-8193.