Early Intervention (EI) is for children 0-5 years of age who experience developmental delays and disabilities. EI provides inclusive support and services that are designed to meet the developmental needs of the children while supporting the families and building on the community resources. The services vary depending on the child’s needs. EI is free!
In Pennsylvania the Department of Human Services and the Office of Child Development and Early Learning (OCDEL) are the entities responsible for Early Intervention Services: https://www.dhs.pa.gov/Pages/OCDEL.aspx.
To request an evaluation or to refer someone for EI services , you can complete a referral form by calling 800-692-7288 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or using their EI Referral
In PA Service Providers provide evaluations, supports and services
IMPORTANT FORMS: https://www.eita-pa.org/families/forms/
Various forms: Infant/Toddler and Preschool Evaluation Reports; Individual Family Service Plan and Individualized Education Program Forms. Also, there are resources that provide information on applying for medical assistance, the principles of early intervention, transition and more: https://www.eita-pa.org/families/resources/
Regulations that protect children 0-5 years of age:
For information on Part C of IDEA – the Program for Infants and Toddlers with Disabilities (0-3 years of age), go to https://ectacenter.org/partc/partc.asp
For information on Chapter 4226 – The Early Intervention Services Regulations of PA, go to: https://www.pacodeandbulletin.gov/secure/pacode/data/055/chapter4226/055_4226.pdf
For Part B, Section 619 of IDEA – the program that provides FAPE to children 3-5 years of age with disabilities, go to: https://ectacenter.org/sec619/sec619.asp
PA’s Promise for Children: https://papromiseforchildren.com/early-learning-gps/