Kalparrin Early Childhood Intervention Program Inc (Kalparrin) is a not for profit organisation established in 1976, to provide early intervention services to children with a disability and/or developmental delay, in partnership with their families.
Based in the suburb of Greensborough, in the North East Region of Melbourne, Victoria, Kalparrin serves a rapidly expanding population base of some 357,000 people (with a predicted increase to 540,700 in 20 years) across the Banyule, Nillumbik and Whittlesea local government shires.
Kalparrin provides early intervention supports and allied health services for children from birth through to high school transition. Working as part of a multidisciplinary team, Kalparrin’s experienced staff of Therapists include Occupational Therapists, Physiotherapists, Speech Pathologists, Psychologists, Dietitians, and Early Education Teachers. Kalparrin also provides a Key Worker model of service delivery, whereby one of the child’s therapists can serve as a single point of contact for families providing support, guidance and access to a suite of services designed to meet the physical, social, intellectual and developmental needs of the child in accordance with a specialised care plan.
Kalparrin’s Key Workers and Therapists offer contemporary, evidence based, flexible supports, services and programs, which contribute to meeting the current and future needs of the child and family.
Kalparrin is professionally governed by a voluntary Board of Management and funded by families through a range of sources including the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), Better Start and Helping Children with Autism programs, and Medicare. Philanthropic organisations and various grants programs also support the Kalparrin community. These funds are supplemented by key fundraising events and the generous support of local community service organisations and businesses.
Over its 42 years of operation the initial vision of a highly dedicated group of mothers who wanted better outcomes for their children with developmental disabilities, has evolved into a highly professional organisation employing some 50 qualified and experienced staff with an enviable reputation for progressive, innovative and effective services in the area of allied health and early childhood intervention for children with disabilities and/or developmental delays.
The NDIS has transformed the landscape of funding and service acquisition for people with disabilities and the organisations that serve them, as they assess and respond to the new ways by which services are now acquired and delivered to people with disabilities. Kalparrin is an Approved Registered Provider of NDIS services (Provider No: 52623824) and can meet all allied health and early childhood intervention service needs for families and children funded under the Scheme.
Kalparrin is proud to be an organisation with a rich history and significant capacity in supporting children with disabilities and developmental delays and has welcomed the introduction of the NDIS as a means of further strengthening its services and the outcomes it works to achieve for children, in partnership with families.