Early Childhood Intervention

Early Childhood Intervention (ECI) is a program designed to provide services and supports for babies and young children with developmental delays and disabilities and their families.

Early Childhood Intervention (ECI) is a wonderful opportunity for children with developmental delays or other disabilities and their families to begin an intervention program that will support children in making as much progress as possible during the important very early years from birth to 3 years. Services may include evaluation, screenings and assessments; developmental services; speech, occupational or physical therapy; family-centered intervention; and case management to explore a range of local resources and plan for the future. These services are available in every state in the country, and the Federal Individual with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) ensures that these important supports are available to all families. Services are either free or based upon a sliding scale, depending on the number of children in the family and family income; however, no child is denied services because of funding.