Bourne For Children


October 2022


Opportunity For Low-Income Families with a child/children with Autism

The DDS Autism Division runs a program for low-income children with autism called the Children's Autism Services Waiver Program. This program serves children under the age of 10 who meet both the clinical and financial eligibility that includes having/obtaining MassHealth Standard Insurance.

The Autism Services Waiver Program allows children to receive Expanded Habilitation, Education, in-home services and supports, such as Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) and Floor Time, for a total of up to 3 years. At the conclusion of the three years of the intensive in-home services, a child may access ongoing Supplemental Services (for example respite and goods and services, etc.) that meet the child’s needs until the child’s 10th birthday. Currently, the program serves approximately 400 children a year. While the program is near capacity, we are expanding the number of participants and there is a high rate of turnover in the program every year, so we looking to have a new pool of applicants to draw from to fill open slots.  
The Autism Division is accepting new application requests for families interested in this program between the dates of October 14, 2022 and October 31, 2022. Applications must be postmarked or emailed from a parent/guardian no later than October 30, 2022.  
The application form, family notice and related materials are available on the DDS website and at the seven regionally based Autism Support Centers (a list of the Centers is available on the DDS website). 

If your family needs any help with this process please email Maura Dankert

Parenting Tips and Information

100 Books About Getting Outside

The next Cape and Islands Parent Workshop is about getting outside on Cape Cod. Here is a selection of books to get you and your child inspired to get outside!! Get closer to nature! Experiencing the wonders of nature positively affects a child's physical, social, and emotional health. Use these books as an introduction to the environment around us and to encourage your child to care about the natural world. Click here to go to the list of books.

Ages and Stages Questionnaire (ASQ)

If you have ever had concerns about your child’s development, or you are just interested in getting a better idea on how your child is developing, you are not alone. With few in person programs over this last year you may be wondering just how your child is doing. The ASQ can help!

The ASQ is a questionnaire designed to be used with children from one month to 5 ½ years old and focuses on 5 areas: Communication, Gross Motor, Fine Motor, Problem Solving, and Personal/Social. You’ll answer questions with “yes”, “sometimes”, or “not yet”. The ASQ should only take 10-15 minutes for you to fill out.

We support you in your parenting journey and we know that you are your child’s stongest advocate and first teacher! We look forward to working together to ensure that your child is off to the best possible start!
Click the link here to go directly to the ASQ.
For additional information contact Maura at
Resources For Grandparents Raising Grandchildren

If you are a grandparent raising a grandchild on Cape Cod you are not alone! Local support groups and statewide resources are available. Check out these resources:

Resources for Parents and Caregivers

Zero to Three is a great resource for parents and caregivers. They are a non- profit organization that plays a key role in ensuring babies and toddlers get a strong start in life. Strong connections build strong brains! Learn more here.

One Tough Job connects parents in Massachusetts and beyond with the latest and greatest parenting information, ideas, and on-the-ground resources. We also provide a bridge to help you find other moms and dads who have asked the same questions and faced similar challenges. To learn more about what they have to offer, visit there website here.
PHP's mission is helping parents to nurture children and build strong families. They offer a FREE and CONFIDENTIAL parental stress line. You can call them 24/7 at 1.800.632.8188 or checkout their website here.

The resource center offers evidence-based parent education programs, parent support groups, early childhood services, information and referral resources and education for families from every community on Cape Cod. They offer lots of wonderful programs for parents, caregivers, teens and children. The resource center is located in Hyannis. Contact them at (508) 815-5100. To view the Monthly Calendar of Events click here.

Women, Infants and Children (WIC) is a nutrition program that provides healthy foods, nutrition education, breastfeeding support, and referrals to healthcare and other services, free of charge, to Massachusetts families who qualify. Contact WIC at (800) 942-1007. Or check out their website.

The Childcare Network (CCN) is a program of the Community Action Committee of Cape Cod and the Islands. They offer free resource and referral services
to the communities of Nantucket, Martha's Vineyard, Cape Cod and Southcoast Massachusetts. To learn more about their services and how they can help you click HERE.


Here are links to four different centers focused on helping people in crisis. Follow the links below and keep their phone numbers handy.

The Housing Assistance program located in Hyannis, helps low and mid income level households secure housing on Cape Cod and the Islands. They also offer many free educational programs to the community. Check out their offerings here>>. Programs include workshops for First Time Home Buyers as well as seminars to help you set financial goals.

Bourne For Children is Bourne's CFCE (Coordinated Family and Community Engagement) grant through the Department of Early Education and Care. We offer education and support programs for parents with children from birth to age 8. In an effort to create a strong foundation for children, families and our community, we offer workshops, parenting classes, play and learn groups, kindergarten transition programs and community events. All of our programs and services are free.

Bourne For Children is funded by Bourne's Coordinated Family & Community Engagement (CFCE) grant. We provide FREE education and support programs for families with children from birth to school age.
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