EI | Early Intervention
CPSE | Committee on Preschool Special Education
Early Intervention (EI) is the process of providing services, education, and support to infants and toddlers who have a developmental delay or disability.
New York State Early Intervention Program Website
The New York State Early Intervention Program (EIP) is part of the National Early Intervention Program for infants and toddlers with disabilities and their families.
What services are provided?
The Early Intervention Program offers a variety of therapeutic and support services to eligible infants and toddlers with disabilities and their families including but not limited to:
- family education and counseling, home visits, and parent support groups
- special instruction
- speech pathology and audiology
- occupational therapy
- physical therapy
- psychological services
- service coordination
- nursing services
- nutrition services
- social work services
- vision services
- assistive technology devices and services
Who should you contact for services?
Nassau County Health Department 60 Charles Lindberg Blvd., Suite 100
Uniondale, New York 11553-3683
Fax: 516-227-8662 Suffolk County Health Services 50 Laser Court
Hauppauge, New York 11788
Fax: 631-853-2300 The above information is from the NYS Department of Health's Website on
the Early Intervention Program.
Did you know?
Early Childhood Milestones
There are certain milestones you should look for with your growing baby. If your baby has not reached these milestones at or close to the designated time, you may want to consider talking to your child's pediatrician and your community's Early Intervention Program.
At three months of age, most babies:
- make cooing noises
- turn their head toward bright colors and lights
- respond to their mother's voice
At six months of age, most babies:
- turn toward the source of normal sound
- reach for objects and pick them up
- follow moving objects with their eyes
At twelve months of age, most babies:
- play peek-a-boo and patty cake
- make "ma-ma" and "da-da" sounds
At 18 months of age, most babies:
- say at least six words
- feed themselves
- walk without help
At 2 years of age, most children:
- like to imitate their parents
- show affection
- use two to three word sentences
To see a more detailed checklist of milestones for growing children please click here.
Early Intervention Program
"On September 6, 2011, the U.S. Department of Education announced the release of the final regulations for the early intervention program under Part C of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). These final regulations will help improve services and outcomes for America's infants and toddlers with disabilities and their families."
To learn more about Part C and other parts of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) click here.
The National Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center (NECTAC) serves Part C-Infant and Toddlers with Disabilities Programs and Part B-Section 619 Preschool Programs for Children with Disabilities in all 50 states and 10 jurisdictions to improve service systems and outcomes for children and families.
The NECTAC website is filled with great resources and would be worth your time to visit.