Gabe was born with a cleft palate and was experiencing delays in many areas of development. After staying home with Gabe when he was first born to care for his medical needs, Gabe’s parents had to return to work when he was about six months of age. Finding care that could manage Gabe’s varied needs was a concern of the family. Given Gabe’s complex medical needs, the family was worried about enrolling Gabe in a center with other children. His Early Intervention therapists suggested our center. Gabe’s family visited numerous times before his start date to ensure Gabe was comfortable with the staff and program. Gabe’s therapists visited several times to make sure the staff was aware of how to feed Gabe and how to manage his other needs. Gabe’s first few weeks were bumpy as he settled in, but Gabe and his parents soon grew to trust the classroom teachers and to look forward to school days. He worked on his therapies while playing alongside his typical peers. He began to hit milestone markers regularly. Gabe was out for a brief period this winter to have his cleft palate repaired. When he came back to school, he returned with a smile full of joy on his face! He was excited to be back with his friends and teachers. Gabe is an ongoing success story for our center and we look forward to working with him as he continues to grow and learn.