Worcester, MA | Thom Worcester Area Early Intervention

Thom Worcester Area Early Intervention Program is committed to providing high quality, comprehensive, and family-centered early intervention services to infants, toddlers, their families, and others in the community who care for them. Our nurses, social workers, occupational and physical therapists, speech-language pathologists, mental health counselors, educators, and other specialists are passionate about supporting families and young children. If you have a concern regarding your child’s development, please contact us.


239 Mill Street, Suite B
Worcester, MA 01602

Donna Jaworek, Director
Phone: (508) 752-8466
Fax: (774) 243-6611
Hours: 8:30 - 5:00

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"I went from feeling powerless by the circumstances under which my child was born, to feeling powerful by the knowledge of how to specifically help my son.”


Services We Provide

Early Intervention

Early Intervention (EI) in Massachusetts is a statewide, family-centered, developmental service. Thom Child & Family Services offers the earliest possible intervention and support for children birth to three years old who have developmental difficulties due to identified disabilities or whose development is at risk due to certain birth or environmental circumstances.

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Early Intervention Programs

Specialty Toddler Groups

Thom Worcester Area Early Intervention offers developmentally appropriate groups and activities for infants and toddlers. Many groups offer parent to parent support and opportunities for parents to consult with Early Intervention staff regarding their child’s development. Groups meet one time per week. Most groups are attended by a parent or caregiver and child, some are attended by the child or parent(s) only. Our groups are held at our program site or in community locations throughout the greater Worcester area.

▸ Swim Group

Children and parents participate in a variety of activities in the swimming pool that help improve motor, communication and social skills. Our swim group helps children develop a level of comfort in the water and offers parents strategies for safety in the water.

YMCA Main Street
766 Main Street, Worcester
Thursdays (Ages 12 months - 3 years)


▸ Speech and Language Stimulation Group

A new theme is explored each week to support speech and language development in children. A variety of communication modes are presented. Parents are offered support and strategies to facilitate communication development in their children.

Thom Worcester Area Early Intervention
239 Mill Street, Worcester
Wednesdays (Ages 2 - 3 years)


▸ Developmental Music Group

This group is led by a board certified music therapist. Music and musical activities are used to help children improve their language, motor, and social skills. Parents participate in the musical activities along with their child to help them within the group. Parents will learn new ways of introducing music into their child's daily routines.

Thom Worcester Area Early Intervention
239 Mill Street, Worcester
Tuesdays (Ages 18 months - 3 years)


▸ Caterpillars

This group is for toddlers who are struggling with gross motor development. This group is perfect for children practicing rolling, sitting, creeping and crawling and transitional movements. The group focuses on yoga based postures to develop strength, balance and movement coordination. This group is co-led by an occupational therapist and a physical therapist.

YWCA Salem Square
1 Salem Street, Worcester
Wednesdays (Ages 18 months - 3 years)


▸ Butterflies

This group is for toddlers who are walking but continue to need support in their motor development. The group focuses on coordination, balance, strength, and movement planning in the context of pre-sports activities. This group is co-led by an occupational therapist and a physical therapist.

YWCA Salem Square
1 Salem Street, Worcester
Wednesdays (Ages 18 months - 3 years)


▸ Little Adventurers

These groups help children develop a sense of independence and follow a classroom routine. They are a great way to prepare children for preschool. Children participate in activities including a singing circle, snack time, gross motor play, creative and sensory play. Children learn to share space and toys with their friends. Parents are offered strategies to support their child's development in a variety of areas.

Thom Worcester Area Early Intervention Program
239 Mill Street, Worcester
Multiple offerings weekly (Ages 18 months - 3 years)

Unitarian Universalist Church
90 Holden Street, Worcester
Thursdays (Ages 18 months - 3 years)


▸ Preschool Prep

Similar to our Little Adventurers group, Preschool Prep is a great way for older toddlers to ajust to the activities and routines preschool. Children will participate in activities including a singing circle, snack time, gross motor play, creative and sensory play - all in a group designed just for their age range. This format allows numerous opportunities for social interactions, sharing and learning.

Thom Worcester Area Early Intervention Program
239 Mill Street, Worcester
Multiple offerings weekly (Ages 27 months - 3 years)


Please talk to your home visitor if you are interested in one of these groups or leave a message in the Early Intervention office at 508-752-8466.

Other Program Services

  • Consultation to childcare and other community providers
  • Community developmental screenings

Collaboration and Linkages with:

  • Anna Maria College
  • Assumption College
  • College of the Holy Cross
  • Fitchburg State University
  • Mass College of Pharmacy
  • Simmons College
  • Springfield College
  • UMass Medical School
  • UMass Medical School-Graduate School of Nursing
  • UMass Memorial Medical Center
  • Worcester Family Partnership
  • Worcester Head Start
  • Worcester State University
  • YMCA of Central Massachusetts
  • YWCA of Central Massachusetts

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Meet Our Staff

Thom Worcester Area Early Intervention

Thom Worcester Area Early Intervention is in the business of helping children and their families achieve their goals. We recognize that our success depends on the skills and experience of the people who work for us. Thom Worcester Area employs nearly 50 full and part-time staff members: therapists, teachers, nurses and social workers, many of whom have provided early intervention services in the Worcester area for over 15 years. The staff members of Thom Worcester Area are proud of their tradition of providing high quality EI services to the community.

Meet some of our dedicated staff:

Jeannine is a registered nurse with a bachelors degree in nursing. She has been on staff at our Worcester program for 6 years. Jeannine's experiences prior to her time in early intervention include a total of ten years at the UMass Memorial Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) and the NICU at Schneider's Children's Hospital in Long Island. Jeannine's NICU experiences have prepared her well to support parents of premature or otherwise medically involved babies. Jeannine is generous with her knowledge and dedicated in her efforts to guide parents through their child's first years of life which are crucial to development. Jeannine is also the proud mother of triplets and has shared her experiences raising multiples with many families in the program.

Nancy is a developmental specialist with a degree in Childhood Education and Psychology who has worked in early intervention for 20 years. Nancy started her career as a part-time parent liaison and now works as an intake coordinator, as well as assisting with evaluations, screenings, home visits, and swim group. As a parent whose child also received early intervention services, Nancy is dedicated to providing understanding and compassionate care based on the unique challenges faced by each family.

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