Family Support

Generous philanthropic contributions enabled us to establish a new position in 2018 – our Children’s Development Center Coordinator. For parents, having a primary point of contact for resources and support while their child is receiving therapy services is invaluable, and that’s exactly what this position provides.

Our CDC Coordinator organizes new family orientations, parent support groups, and center activities, educates families on available resources both in and out of Emerge, and serves as the liaison with community partners that empower families of children with developmental disabilities.

The CDC Coordinator also manages our monthly Munch-N-Learn sessions which cover a variety of topics for families of children with special needs. Munch-N-Learns are free and open to the public. You may visit our Facebook page to see flyers posted about each month’s session.

We host a variety of events throughout the year for our children and their families to enjoy. Our team incorporates different components of therapy into these events to teach our children how to interact in these “typical” activities. A few of the annual events we hold include:

  • Book Fair
  • Grandparents Day
  • Easter Egg Hunts
  • Muffins with Mom
  • Donuts with Dad
  • Movie Day
  • Water Day
  • Family Day
  • Santa Visits

If you are a parent or guardian of a child enrolled at Emerge and you’re looking for ways to get involved, you are invited to join our Parents Committee! Committee members may volunteer to help with logistics, decorating, food donations, fundraising, and more at our family focused or fundraising events. Please contact Lauren Shaw for more information.

If you have any questions about programs or therapy at The Emerge Center, you may contact the CDC Coordinator, Lauren Shaw, at 225-343-4232 ext. 1901, or