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Early Intervention: Information for Families

The goal of the Early Intervention Program is to help families help their children learn and develop. If your child is eligible for the program, we will assign a team to your case that will include teachers, therapists, a service coordinator and an Early Intervention Official Designee. They will work with your family to learn about your child.

You know your child best, so you will be an important part of your child’s development team. The more parents participate in services, the better the child’s outcome.

You should tell the team about:

  • Your child's interests and what they like and dislike.
  • Strategies you think have helped your child learn.
  • Everyday activities that you and your child find difficult, such as bathing and eating at recommended meal times.
  • The most important improvements that you would like to see for your child.

Learn how you can get started by referring your child to the Early Intervention Program.

Improving Daily Routines

All of the information that you share with your child’s team will be used during visits to help choose the skills you want to work on with your child.

You and the therapists will figure out what you can do during mealtimes, bath times and other daily activities to help your child learn and develop. This way, your child will work on new skills many times each day. Children learn best when they practice with the most important and familiar people in their lives during their everyday routines.

Your feedback and ideas about how well the strategies work between visits is important.

We can show you ways to help your child hit their milestones on time and succeed in their daily activities through a family-centered approach called “Embedded Coaching”.

Text Message Updates and Tips for Families: Text 2 Families

The Text 2 Families service helps families get the most out of their experience in the Early Intervention Program. When you sign up, we will ask for some information so we can send you custom messages specific to your child’s experience. You will received about four messages per month.

The service is free, but message and data rates may apply. Participation is voluntary and texts are confidential.

To sign up for Text 2 families, text “EI” to 877-877. To stop receiving messages, text us “STOP”.

Transitioning Children Out of the Early Intervention Program

Our program is for children ages birth to three years. Children may leave the program at any time. Around the time a child turns two, families and their team will start working on a plan for the family’s next steps after leaving the program.

Some children may be eligible for preschool special education services (PDF) after they leave the our program. These are provided through the Department of Education.

For more information, read A Parent Guide to Transition Out of Early Intervention (PDF).

Questions and Concerns

If you have questions or concerns about Early Intervention, contact your service coordinator, the program's regional office in your borough or our Office of Consumer Affairs.

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