BEGIN - Infancy, Early Childhood & Preschool Services

Beginner in swimming pool.

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Discovering that your child has a vision problem can be scary and overwhelming. You might be worrying about things like:

  • Will my baby grow up to be happy?
  • Does vision loss affect development?
  • Will my child be able to go to school and attend college?
  • Who can I turn to for advice?

The BEGIN program is here to answer your questions, allay your fears, and provide guidance and encouragement. Specialized classes, training, information and support will help your child reach their full potential.

BEGIN provides:

  • Assessments of vision and development
  • Vision and developmental activities for parents and children
  • Weekly class sessions for children ages 2, 3 and 4
  • Individual teaching visits with families
  • Family and child group meetings to provide music activities, support and information
  • Consultation and training for child care educators in the community
  • Short-term counseling support for individuals and families to facilitate adjustment to having a child with a visual impairment
  • Special group activities for all families enrolled in the program, including holiday events and family camp

Download intake forms:

Eye Doctor Referral Form:

BEGIN Family Handbook:

BEGIN Newsletters:

CVI BEGIN NOW! Newsletter for December 2015 (Text) (PDF)

CVI BEGIN NOW! Newsletter for August/September 2015 (Text) (PDF)

CVI BEGIN NOW! Newsletter for May/June 2015 (Text) (PDF)

CVI BEGIN NOW! Newsletter for February/March 2015 (Text) (PDF)

CVI BEGIN NOW! Newsletter for November/December 2014 (Text) (PDF)

Parent Resources:

Click here for a list of parent resource websites.

Teacher Resource:
Braille Readiness Grid for Vision Teachers (Text) (PDF)

BEGIN Highlights:

Music plays an important role in teaching children and it can be especially beneficial to children who are visually impaired. This is the 2014 Pre-K BEGIN production of The Golden Chairs.