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Early Ed Center reports increase in referrals, number served

Monica Gonzalez, Sunflower Diversified early intervention specialist, interacts with Aaron Hernandez during a home visit. The number of children needing Sunflower’s services is increasing.

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            Cathy Estes acknowledged the situation is bittersweet.

          Bitter in that so many children need Sunflower’s Early Education Center (EEC), and sweet that area families seek help at the non-profit agency.

          Estes is the children’s services coordinator at Sunflower Diversified Services where she oversees the EEC as well as Incredible Years Preschool.

          The number of EEC children served last year was 184; it was 148 the year before. The number of referrals increased about 20 percent over the same time.

          “At least part of this increase is the number of newborns being referred to us,” Estes said. “Families are ...

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