Growing Together

Growing Together is a supported parenting program for mothers and fathers with intellectual disabilities who have children under the age of three. The program is licensed by the Developmental Disabilities Administration and is the only supported parenting program of this type in Maryland. Growing Together is a center-based program with a home-based component.

Services:

  • Teaches parenting and independent living skills
  • Promotes developmental growth of children through parent-child activities
  • Assesses children’s developmental progress and secures physical, occupational and speech/language therapy services, if needed
  • Provides opportunities for socialization and recreational activities
  • Offers center and home-based services
  • Provides transportation to and from the program
  • Offers a curriculum guide, along with training and consultation, to other organizations serving parents with intellectual disabilities

Hours of Operation:

The center-based component of the program operates Mondays and Wednesdays from 9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. In-home services are scheduled individually with parents.

Referrals and additional information:

There are no fees for parents to participate. Parents may contact Growing Together directly about enrolling in the program. Other referral sources include, Department of Social Services, Developmental Disabilities Administration, nurses and pediatricians. For more information, contact Bridget McCusker at 410-298-9281 or mccusker@kennedykrieger.org or download the Growing Together leaflet.

For information regarding the Association for Successful Parenting: Enhancing the Lives of Families when Parents have Learning Difficulties, an international organization of providers who serve parents with intellectual disabilities, contact Bernadette Irwin at 410-298-2645, or Irwin@kennedykrieger.org.

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