Saint John's Health Center
Therapeutic Preschool

Nationally recognized, the Therapeutic Preschool at Saint John's Child and Family Development Center has been helping children ages 2.5 through 5 who require an intensive treatment program to reach their full potential since 1992.

The Therapeutic Preschool provides a safe, nurturing environment for children who require early intervention due to neurological, behavioral, and/or psychological disturbances. Children likely to benefit from such intervention may suffer from prenatal substance exposure, oppositional behavior, attention deficit/hyperactivity, depression/anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, child abuse and neglect, and reactive attachment disorder.

A Nurturing Program

The Therapeutic Preschool is a multidisciplinary, intensive day treatment program focusing on an attachment-based classroom milieu and treatment philosophy. The program meets every weekday in groups supervised by two specially trained staff with a maximum of eight children. The program's features include:

  • Consistent, long-term child/staff relationships for up to two years
  • 4:1 student/staff ratio
  • Personalized, sensitive environment

A Caring Team of Experts

Taking a multidisciplinary team approach, the Therapeutic Preschool provides comprehensive, on-going assessment from a team of experts, which may include psychiatrists, developmental psychologists, social workers, early
education experts, early intervention specialists, speech pathologists, and occupational therapists.

The team designs individual treatment plans based on the needs of each child and family. The plan may include:

  • Child/Family Therapy
  • Parent Education Classes
  • Parent Support Groups
  • Speech Therapy
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Medication Assessment and Support
  • Educational Transition Services

Parent/caregiver support and involvement is essential to treatment and is actively encouraged. Additional caregiver support activities include:

  • Family Counseling
  • In-home Consultations
  • Community Services Referrals

Associated Fees

The cost of services may be met through MediCal, Healthy Families and private payment. A sliding scale payment plan is available to qualified families.

Funding sources for the Child and Family Development Center include the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health, Department of Children and Family Services, City of Santa Monica, and private donations.



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