What is Early Intervention (EI)?
Early Intervention is a federally mandated program of coordinated services, through IDEA Part C, that provides support and education to children with developmental delays and their families.
Children ages 0-3 exhibiting delays in physical, cognitive, communication, and social/emotional development are eligible for services. The goal of Early Intervention is to help children with developmental delays as soon as possible so they can reach their fullest potential.
Eligibility for EI is determined after a child had been evaluated by a health professional. Some children are diagnosed at birth with a condition that makes them eligible for EI, while other children may not be evaluated until they have exhibited a delay in reaching milestones.
Interested in making a referral to early intervention?
Anyone can refer a child to early intervention. The first step is to contact your Child and Family Connections (CFC) office to determine whether your child is eligible for services under the Illinois Early Intervention Program. A physician or child care professional may have already recommended that you contact the Illinois Early Intervention Program.
What do you Early Intervention Professionals Do?
Our therapists help families to receive services and providing direct care. We can provide assessments, consultation, direct services, and referrals to community resources. Early intervention professionals provide parent education, intervention, and environmental support to families to assist them in maximizing their child’s development, while respecting the diversity and culture of families and communities. The primary goal of early intervention is to support families in promoting their child’s development and to facilitate the child’s involvement in family and community activities.
Resources for early intervention in Chicago and Illinois
- Pathways.org – Free child development information to empower parents and health professionals
- Developmental Milestones From Birth to Age 3 from Illinois Early Intervention Clearinghouse
- The Illinois Early Intervention Program
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