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Photograph by: Carol Stewart The Ahead Start Team F rom first steps to first words, every childhood Director Deidre Freemon always knew she wanted milestone brings joy to families, but at Ahead to work with children, and after graduating from Start, each achievement is especially meaningful. Presbyterian College, she realized that the best way This private early intervention provider has a to maximize her passion for early intervention was to highly trained staff of 13 that works with children, start her own company. Five successful years later, newborn to age 5, who have special needs. she is proud of the team she has assembled, and Whether they face an expressive or receptive loves the chance to offer hands-on help for children 114 Laurens Road language delay, have autism, or issues due to and families. Ahead Start also contributes to the Greenville prematurity, every child receives a customized community through events like the Run for Hungry 864.235.3394 Children and the Ready for Reading program, and by program in the optimal setting - home, school or daycare. Services include family training, service working with Harvest Hope Food Bank. Early Intervention Services coordination, infant/child massage and creative “There’s nothing more thrilling than seeing a child developmental activities, and a popular free monthly meet a developmental milestone that we’ve been playgroup boosts interaction between kids and working on,” Freemon says. “And it’s great to help parents in a welcoming environment. empower a family to advocate for their child.” 74 behind the counter | 2012