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Concerned about your child’s development? Act Early!
 
If you’re concerned that a child may have a delay or disability, it’s important to refer them for Early Intervention as soon as possible. Early Intervention can address all types of concerns, like crawling or walking, speech delays, or social interaction like playing with other children.
 
Early Intervention is available in every part of the state and to any eligible child, regardless of the family’s income.
Providing Early Intervention services is critical to life-long success.
There is no “down side” to referring a child for Early Intervention services. Research shows that starting services early gives a child the best chance to learn and grow. Early support can reduce the need for services later in life. In fact, it is more cost effective to provide Early Intervention than to wait until the child is older.

Every child is unique, and services are designed based on a child's specific needs. Children learn best through everyday experiences and routines in places they know, so services support families where they live, play and spend their day. Virtual options may also be available. 
 
How Early Intervention works for families?
  • Once the family is assigned to an early intervention provider, that provider will walk the family through the eligibility process and determine the next steps.
  • If a child is eligible for services, the family and service coordinator will develop a plan to support the family on their journey to help their child get their best possible start in life. 
  • Parents and families are the center of a child’s development. That’s why service coordinators and other service providers work closely with the family to help build their skills and confidence in supporting their child and to help them navigate the journey with their child.

Did you know?
As of July 1, 2019, automatic eligibility for Early Intervention was expanded to include children diagnosed with neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS) and children with elevated blood lead levels (≥5ug/dL).

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Download Early Intervention brochure
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