Serving Infants – Pre-K


Early Developmental Learning & Stimulation

The Foundations Program at Jacob’s Ladder serves infants and toddlers following typical developmental timelines and those experiencing developmental delays or genetic syndrome diagnoses.

The brain is most receptive to external stimuli and input in the earliest years of life. Through our proprietary educational model, early-stage neurodevelopmental stimulation is strategically created to meet the
needs of each child based on their current capabilities and ensure readiness for transitioning into elementary school.

While each child develops at their own pace, missing multiple milestones signals a need for early intervention.

The Foundations Program helps children realize the highest benefits of early childhood neuroplasticity, supporting greater levels of language and development as they grow and learn.

Developmental milestones include:

Who Foundations Serves

The Foundations Program serves infants through 4-year-olds in a stimulating and nurturing environment. Children within this program are welcomed whether they experience typical/atypical development or brain-based challenges. The Jacob’s Ladder approach establishes a healthy and efficient neurological system, creating positive changes and strengthening brain function through scientifically sound input and stimulation.

Using modalities consistently refined by the latest research in neuroscience, Foundations can dramatically impact a child’s future abilities and accomplishments, tapping into their highest potential. Children in the Foundations Program realize greater levels of language and development as they grow and learn. Our Interpersonal Whole-Brain Model of Care enables high linguistic and developmental growth levels for infants and young children while their brains are highly malleable or “neuroplastic.” 


The Foundations program focuses on assessing a child’s reflex, visual, language, fine, and gross motor markers to develop a personalized framework to meet a child’s individualized needs. Basic functions are the stepping stones to higher-level functioning, making each element essential to future success. Foundations emphasizes and supports many of the  developmental areas included below.

What is it? The corpus callosum is a thick bundle of nerves connecting the brain’s two hemispheres, ensuring they communicate effectively.


Why is it important? Crossing the body’s midline helps body coordination and spatial awareness to support balance, coordination, and activities like crawling and walking. Cross-lateral movement activates both hemispheres of the brain, increasing the communication needed to cultivate robust neural pathways between brain areas. Building this foundation early in a child’s development supports future endeavors, including reading, comprehension, and self-regulation abilities.

What is it? Independent movement (rolling, crawling, walking, jumping). 


Why is it important? Mobility is linked to many developmental benefits for young children, like muscle development, sensory stimulation, and gross motor abilities. Within the Foundations program, children are encouraged to move through appropriate developmental sequencing patterns to enhance early reflex integration, eye-teaming abilities, and to build a strong neurological foundation within the brain.

What is it? The ability to process and respond to stimulation of the senses, including touch, sight, smell, hearing, and taste.


Why is it important? Children need sensory stimulation to learn appropriate responses and to support motor, language, and visual development. Appropriate and organized sensory input provides a strong foundation for future self-regulation abilities, increased attention and focus, and success in academic endeavors.

What is it? Infants communicate through sounds and gestures, learning through sight and sound.


Why is it important? When a child hears and processes a great deal of language, their language abilities start to develop, enabling them to communicate basic wants and needs. Within the Foundations program, children are provided a high degree of verbal flooding to increase their receptive language skills, paired with opportunities and expectations for language output through verbalizations and gestures. Addressing language skills early on helps decrease frustration in the toddler years and increase socialization with peers and adults.

What is it? Maintaining each child’s mental and emotional health includes adequate nutrition, consistency in the home environment, appropriate sleep patterns, and organized daily routines, including movement.


Why is it important? When a child’s physiological needs are well-supported, they are better positioned to grow and develop a strong, balanced neurological system. As a result, infants and toddlers can maintain a more regulated state, supporting each child’s most effective growth and learning.

What is it? A screening tool developed by Jacob’s Ladder for early detection, assessment, and intervention for concerns associated with neurobiological disorders. Parents, guardians, or care providers concerned about their infant or toddler’s development (0-4 years) can complete the screening online.


Why is it important? Many disorders that could be assessed early – at the most crucial time in a child’s development – remain under-evaluated, treated, and supported. As a result, children who could have received support at an optimal point in their development miss the opportunity for early intervention’s significant impact, which could change the trajectory of their future growth and success.  

To complete a complimentary developmental screening, click here.


Stories of Hope

“My son’s time in the Foundations program has drastically changed his future trajectory. After being born prematurely and severely underweight, we expected a high likelihood of developmental delays. After enrolling in the Foundations program at three months old, he blew all the physicians away on his first birthday with his advanced gross motor and speech achievement. Without the Foundations program, we would have likely been looking at years of traditional therapies and a future far from his true capabilities.”

– Allegra S., Foundation’s Parent


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