Therapeutic Respite: Respite is an opportunity for the child to spend some time away from the parents and the family. Having the child at Gio's Garden for a few hours a week, helps to start transition the child into a preschool or school setting so that it is not the first time the child is away from mom or dad. It is also a great opportunity for parents to take care of the things they need to do, such as run errands, spend time with the other children in the family, rest, read a book, visit with a friend, attend any appointments, have date night and to get things done that need to be done. Families can have a worry free morning, afternoon, or evening knowing that their child is in good hands, having fun, and making progress towards their goals.
Eligibility: Children who are eligible for Gio's Garden services include those children who are under the age of seven and have significant developmental or physical delays, but are not able to receive respite care services from other organizations. This may happen because the child is on a waiting list for funding, a child does not yet have an official diagnosis or a family is not receiving the amount of respite care that they need. If a child is seeing someone for a delay of some sort, they may be eligible (this includes receiving birth to three or any other therapist).
State Licensed: Gio's Garden is licensed by the State of Wisconsin’s Department of Children and Families as a Family Child Care Center to care for up to 8 children at any one time in our fun, home-like group setting that encourages growth through play and socialization. This means that our staff and the Gio’s Garden house have gone through a rigorous screening, training, and approval process, and are monitored for continued adherence to specific State childcare licensure rules and regulations.