Kapila Family Foundation Starting Right Program

Starting Right is an early intervention, parent-child class designed to serve children 18-36 months of age exhibiting delays in language and social skills. The program is designed to increase communication, social and school readiness skills. It also provides caregivers with techniques and strategies to use in the classroom and at home. Intervention support is provided by clinical psychologists and behavioral specialists.

Class Schedule

Classes meet from 8:30 am to 12:00 pm two days a week (either Monday and Wednesday or Tuesday and Thursday). Intensive hour-long 1:1 sessions are also provided bimonthly on Friday mornings. During their time in the classroom, children and parents participate in a variety of activities: with the total class, in small groups and in 1:1 ratios. The classroom provides a highly structured environment that allows the children to engage in diverse learning opportunities. Individual visual schedules are used to enable children to navigate the classroom and provide a guide for what is going to happen throughout the day.

Tuition Information

2018-2019: $9,450*

*tuition may be pro-rated based on date of entry.


Morning circle, story, and music time provide children with a chance to interact with peers and teachers in a group setting. Children are able to choose and request songs and stories using visual supports. These activities also teach children how to recognize their name, follow directions, share with peers, wait for a turn, and participate in a group setting. During teacher time, children work 1:1 with a teacher on specific skills using discrete trial teaching. Play provides children with an opportunity to explore toys and develop skills necessary for social interaction. Art and sensory experiences allow children to investigate different textures and experiment with crayons, glue and paint. Snack and lunch are used to teach children to request preferred food items and to feed themselves. Children also enjoy the playground or interactive fountain during the school day.

Several different specialized teaching strategies are used within the classroom. During teacher time, discrete trial training is used to develop specific skills in the areas of receptive language and pre-academic -skills. Pivotal Response Training is used throughout the classroom to encourage and reinforce babbling, sound and word imitation, spontaneous requests and comments, as well as play skills. The Picture Exchange Communication System provides children with a way to communicate while verbal language is still developing.

Parental Involvement

Parents or other caregivers are involved throughout the entire day. They are responsible for transitioning their children among the different areas of the classroom and working with them in each area. Classroom teachers help parents to provide strategies to use while working with their children. Once a week, parents leave the classroom for a parent group. The group is designed to be both supportive and educational in nature. Specific topics are addressed including transition to preschool, toilet training, generalizing classroom strategies to home and community environments, and behavior management techniques. During Friday’s individual intervention time, parents are able to meet individually with a parent coach.

Support Services

Starting Right is a part of Nova Southeastern University's Mailman Segal Center. University students are an integral part of the Starting Right program. Graduate students in psychology, mental health counseling, marriage and family therapy, and applied behavior analysis are integrated into the Starting Right classroom. NSU's students are responsible for leading the parent group and Friday support sessions.

Get More Information

For general inquiries or information on how to enroll your child at MSC's Kapila Family Starting Right Program, get in touch with us today via the form link below or by contacting Heather O'Brien Barsalona, M.S., BCBA, Starting Right and Academy Program Coordinator, at 954-262-7117.

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