An early start means a stronger finish.
The Early Intervention Program
The Early Intervention Program (EIP) is a public program for infants and toddlers with special needs. Children with diagnosed conditions that lead to developmental delays (such as Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, autism, etc.) are eligible for the EIP. Children with no diagnosis who have delays in development may be eligible for the EIP if their delays are serious enough. If you have concerns about your child’s development, you can call the Early Intervention Program in your area (if you live in New York City call 311, in Nassau County call 516.227.8661, and in Suffolk County call 631.853.3100).
If your child is found to be eligible for services by someone approved to perform this evaluation, you, your county’s staff representative, and other team members will make a plan to help your child and your family. Early Intervention services in your IFSP authorized by your county are provided at no cost to you. Your county will arrange for the services to be provided and will choose the provider based on the needs of your child and family. Your child’s health insurance may be used to cover some of the costs. All other costs for EIP services are paid for by your county and New York State. Early intervention services are provided where it’s best for your child—in places such as your home, day care, or other community settings. The EIP covers the cost of early intervention services only. The EIP does not pay for the day care or other fees charged by community settings.
Early Intervention services can help families:
- Learn the best ways to care for their child
- Support and promote their child’s development
- Include their child in family and community life
Early Intervention services can be provided anywhere in the community, including:
- A child’s home
- A child care center or family day care home
- Recreational centers, play groups, playgrounds, libraries, or any place parents and children go for fun and support
- Early childhood programs and centers
Parents help decide:
- What are appropriate Early Intervention services for their child and family
- The outcomes of Early Intervention that are important for their child and family
- When and where their child and family will get Early Intervention services
- Who will provide services to their child and family