Early Childhood Services – Early Intervention System Process & Services

Process

  • A child (birth to age 3) is referred to Child & Family connections (800) 877-1152 by a doctor, parent, screening team member or another concerned individual.
  • Parents receive a call from the CFC Service Coordinator, who will set up a time to meet with the parents (at the location of their choice)
  • At the meeting, the Service Coordinator will talk with the child’s parents, gather basic information about their child’s development and explain the services.
  • FREE evaluations are completed.
  • If the child is eligible for services, an Individual Family Service Plan (IFSP) meeting is held to develop a program to meet the child’s needs.
  • Services begin.
  • Services are reviewed every 6 months.
  • If the child is still receiving services at 2 1/2 years of age, the Service Coordinator will help with transition to school services (if needed)

"The sooner we start, the farther they’ll go"

Services

Your child may be eligible for Early Intervention Services…

Growing and learning doesn’t happen in the same way for every child. Your child may do things later or differently than others. If you are concerned about your child crawling, walking, talking, understanding, responding, seeing or hearing, your family may benefit from early intervention services.

Early intervention is for families with infants or toddlers ages birth through two years, who have concerns about how their child is developing. Children having one or more of the following conditions may be eligible for early intervention services:

Children with suspected delays such as:

  • Diagnosed vision or hearing loss 
  • Difficulty with movement 
  • Difficulty speaking clearly or understanding language 
  • Behavior difficulties

Children having a condition such as:

  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Down Syndrome
  • Drug Exposure
  • Fetal Alcohol Syndrome
  • Spinal Bifida
  • Other conditions

Who may make referrals?

  • Parents
  • Nurses
  • Grandparents
  • Social Workers
  • Doctors
  • Teachers

Early Intervention Services include one or more of the following…

  • Developmental Therapy
  • Parent Liaison Services
  • Physical Therapy
  • Speech-Language Therapy
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Nutrition Services
  • Audiology
  • Assistive Technology
  • Psychological Services
  • Social Work Services
  • Vision Services
  • Medical Services
  • Nursing Services
  • Transportation