DCPS has opened a second diagnostic clinic to identify young children who might need special education services. The new Early Stages Center is located next to the Minnesota Ave. Metro station in Ward 7, and is expected to meet the increased demand for service in that community and in Ward 8.

Chancellor Kaya Henderson, who was joined by Mayor Vincent C. Gray at Tuesday’s opening ceremony, said in a statement: “Services to young children who have, or are at risk for, developmental delays have been shown to positively impact outcomes across the developmental domains, including health; language and communication; and cognitive and social/emotional development. Families benefit by being able to better meet their children’s special needs from an early age and throughout their lives.”

The first Early Stages opened in 2009 at Walker-Jones Education Campus in Ward 6.

Officials said Early Stages services are available to all families who live in the District, regardless of where their children go to school. You can visit the Early Stages Web site here.