- What is Early Intervention?
- The Family and Early Intervention Partnership
- The Medical Home and Early Intervention Partnership
- Early Intervention Program from Birth - 3
- What Types of Services Will Be Provided?
- Who Is Eligible for the Early Intervention Program?
- The Referral and Evaluation Process
- The IFSP
- Where Are Services Provided?
- Funding of Services
- Additional Early Services
- Child Find and Referral: Early Intervention programs locate infants and toddlers who may have disabilities and evaluate them for eligibility for Early Intervention.
- Assessment and Evaluation: Formal testing is done to determine if the infant or toddler has a disability.
- Individualized Family Services Plan (IFSP) Development and Review: The IFSP describes the Early Intervention services that the family and child will receive.
- Procedural Safeguards (Family Rights): Families receive a document that describes the protections and legal rights provided by the IDEA law.
- Service Coordination: Staff at Early Intervention programs help families determine their needs and access services to reach their goals.
Center for Parent Information and Resources Locator
Parent Centers are for families with a child who has a disability, as well as the professionals who work with them.
Special Education Services for Preschoolers with Disabilities (NICHCY)
Services for preschool children (ages 3 through 5) are provided free of charge through the public school system. These services are available through the same law—the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act—that makes available: early intervention services (Part C of IDEA), and services for school-age children, in grades K through 12 (Part B of IDEA) .
State Part C Early Intervention Coordinators
Lists state contacts for Early Intervention (Part C) agencies offered by the National Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center (ECTA Center).
Baby Watch Development Chart
A chart of typical development from 1 month to 3 years.
Baby Watch List of Related Resources
From Utah's early intervention (Part C) provider, links to government agencies, advocacy groups, materials and more.
Talaris Child Development Timeline
An interactive timeline with developmental milestones in different areas including physical, social, learning, and communication.
Learn the Signs. Act Early (CDC)
A CDC program to address the importance of early identification of developmental delay and disability. Early intervention (before school age) can have a significant impact on a child’s ability to learn new skills, as well as reduce the need for costly interventions over time; Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
IFSP form (Individual Family Service Plan) ( 224 KB)
Sample Individual Family Service Plan.
Medical Summary ( 18 KB)
This sample summary or individual health plan provides a way to keep track of personal contact information, diagnoses, problems, medications, immunizations, providers, specialists, medical equipment, and more.
IDEA97 compared to IDEA04
Comparison of IDEA 97 legislation to 2004 changes.
Bright Futures Initiative (AAP)
A national health promotion initiative dedicated to the principle that every child deserves to be healthy and that optimal health involves a trusting relationship between the health professional, child, family, and community as partners in health practice. Information on healthy emotional, behavioral and cognitive development; American Academy of Pediatrics.
Healthy Minds, from Zero to Three
Created by the National Center For Infants, Toddlers and Families. Here you will find PDF handouts about development.
A national nonprofit organization dedicated to educating parents and pediatric professionals about the early warning signs of autism and other developmental disorders. Includes developmental milestones, red flags, and communication needs of parents and physicians.
IDEA All About It
A website is full of information about IDEA. Summaries of IDEA’s requirements, which shape what school systems do; IDEA itself—to read IDEA’s exact words; guidance on IDEA from the Office of Special Education Programs at the U.S. Department of Education; and training materials on IDEA. IDEA Part B (ages 3-21) and Part C (ages birth-3). A legacy resource from NICHCY, now with the Center for Parent Information and Resources.
From the U.S. Department of Education, definitions of terms in IDEA including the definition of a child with a disability.
IDEA Parent Guide (National Center for Learning Disabilities) ( 1.1 MB)
A comprehensive guide for parents on rights and responsibilities under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA 2004). Helps parents determine if their child might be eligible for services, what kind of services to expect, how to request an evaluation, how to develop a plan for services, and what their legal rights are.
IDEA State Eligibility
From the U.S. Department of Education, definitions of terms and rules for IDEA Part B (Assistance for Education of All Children with Disabilities).
A parent's guide to Section 504 in public schools
An article addressing basic qustions pertaining to the implementation of Section 504 in public school systems. GreatKids for special needs, with GreatSchools.org.
Rhode Island Early Intervention Program ( 405 KB)
Early Intervention (EI) is a program designed to help families support the growth and development of their infants and toddlers, birth through 3, who are delayed in their development or have a diagnosed condition known to cause developmental delay. Providers and RI Parent Information Network. 2016
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Reynolds AJ, Temple JA, Robertson DL, Mann EA.
Long-term effects of an early childhood intervention on educational achievement and juvenile arrest: A 15-year follow-up of low-income children in public schools.
JAMA. 2001;285(18):2339-46. PubMed abstract / Full Text
Committee on Children with Disabilties.
Developmental surveillance and screening of infants and young children.
Pediatrics. 2001;108(1):192-6. PubMed abstract / Full Text
This article encourages physicians to use standardized developmental screening tools and suggests that testing children at periodic intervals will increase accuracy and further early intervention.