Providing excellence in early childhood education since 1972
...excellence in early childhood education Established in 1972
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Provider Services
Resource & Referral
Intervention Services  

The Intervention Unit of Southwestern Child Development offers a wide variety of services.  Qualified professionals with many years experience are available to provide early intervention, special education, and social-emotional behavior supports to young children in their natural environments.

  • Early interventionists who are certified in Infant/Toddler family services provide special instruction (CBRS) services to children and support to their families at home, off-site, in centers or other locations.  No matter the type of location families may choose, their child will receive quality services that have been individually designed for their child.
  • Professional leadership and pre-school special education is available in Southwestern’s Developmental Day centers and provided by licensed teachers. Itinerant preschool services are also available off site.
  • Other services offered by the Specialized Services Unit are targeted case management and respite care for families that qualify.  Professionals can also offer strategies for parents to use at home to support the development of their children.

Southwestern also employs therapists, paraprofessionals, early childhood educators and others who all work together to provide a comprehensive education program for all children.

Nicky Passarello

Webster Administrative Office
Phone: 828.354.0107, Email:

Nicky Passarello is an Early Interventionist and Special Educator serving children ages 0-5 in Jackson and Swain counties and the Qualla Boundary. Nicky has a Masters in Education and holds a Birth Kindergarten License, K-12 License and has a level twelve Early Educator Certificate. Nicky also has an Infant/Toddler Certificate and provides special education (CBRS) to infant/toddlers in the home and day care centers. She provides pre-school education services for children with developmental delays 3-5 years of age at Webster Early Education and Preschool. Nicky has experience working with Autistic Children, children with Down’s syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, and vision impairments.

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