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Ron Pekarek, M.S., BCBA
Program Manager
(559) 747-3984, Ext. 6811
ronp@tcoe.org

Bright Start FACES Program The Bright Start FACES Program is designed for children ages 0-3 who are at-risk for Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). The program provides developmentally sound, evidence-based, intensive behavioral intervention in the family home. Our goal is for each child to participate more successfully within their family and community.

Programs are individualized for each child to address the core characteristics of ASD. Interventions based on the principles of applied behavior analysis (ABA) are provided in a one-on-one format with a focus on expressive and receptive communication, social skills, appropriate play skills, and daily living skills. Agreed-upon services are specified on an Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP) and parents actively participate in the program to ensure that their child can use what they've learned during typical family routines.

Bright Start FACES Program Bright Start FACES services include:
  • Ongoing assessment by a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) and Special Education Teacher
  • Individualized intensive 1:1 instruction
  • Ongoing parent training and coaching
  • Community-based group activities
  • Parent support groups
  • SLP, PT, OT, and feeding consultation, as needed
  • Transition planning to preschool
Join Us

We are always interested in finding motivated individuals looking to make a difference in the lives of the families we serve.

Let us know if you'd like to be part of the Bright Start FACES team.

Children are referred to the Bright Start FACES program by the Central Valley Regional Center under Part C Early Intervention criteria.


View and print the Bright Start FACES brochure.


"The worst thing you can do for a 2-year old with ASD is nothing."
- Temple Grandin, Ph.D., (2009) Keynote Speaker: Tulare County Child Care Planning Council Quality Summit



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Tulare County Office of Education
Special Services Division
All mail to: P.O. Box 5091, Visalia, CA 93278-5091
Physical address: 6200 S. Mooney Blvd., Visalia, CA 93277

Tammy McKean, Assistant Superintendent
(559) 730-2910 • fax: (559) 730-2511



Jim Vidak, County Superintendent of Schools
Tulare County Office of Education
All mail to: P.O. Box 5091, Visalia, CA 93278-5091
Physical address: 6200 S. Mooney Blvd., Visalia, CA 93277
phone: (559) 733-6300 • fax: (559) 627-5219

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