For 68 years, Easter Seals of LaSalle and Bureau Counties has been providing services to area residents. Effective September 1, 2015, the agency will change its name to Starved Rock Regional Center for Therapy and Child Development. It will continue to operate as a non-profit agency.
According to President and CEO Susan Bursztynsky, services, staffing, and locations will remain the same. The agency serves approximately 500 children each year, providing developmental screenings, evaluations, and therapy to children ages birth to three; pediatric speech therapy; pediatric physical therapy; developmental playgroup for children two years of age; child care for children with and without special needs; and preschool services. In addition, the agency operates an Autism Resource Center. Therapy services are provided throughout LaSalle and Bureau Counties. The developmental playgroup is offered in Princeton, Peru, and Ottawa. Child care and preschool services are offered in Ottawa, as is the Autism Resource Center.
According to Tami Thomas-Leonatti, Co-chair of the Board of Directors, this change is part of the Board’s long term strategic planning. It will allow the agency to make a greater local impact by keeping more of the donations and other funds that the agency receives in this area. It will also allow more donations to be used to work toward the expansion of services. “We are very appreciative of the strong local support that we receive and feel that this will allow us to be better stewards of our donors’ money,” said Thomas-Leonatti.
For more information, contact Starved Rock Center at 815.434.0857.