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Early Intervention

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What is Early Intervention?

While all children grow and change at their own rate, some children can experience delays in their development. Sometimes this can be cause for concern. Early intervention consists of services and supports designed to help families with children from birth to age five who have developmental delays or disabilities.

Early intervention seeks to help children grow and develop through individualized services and supports, which may be provided at home, in child care, in private or public preschools, Early Head Start and Head Start, or combinations of these. The early intervention team works with families, caregivers and early learning professionals to help families identify natural learning opportunities that fit their schedules, preferences and interests.

How much does Early Intervention cost? What services are provided?

Early intervention supports and services are provided at no cost to families. Services may include:

  • information on how children develop skills and abilities;
  • education and support for the parent/caregiver, and
  • specific developmental therapies designed for their child.

Early intervention can also assist families in finding and linking to a variety of community services and supports.

How can families find out if their child is eligible for Early Intervention?

A first step for any family with a concern about their child’s development is to call CONNECT Services toll-free at 1-800-692-7288 or email connecthelp@tiu11.org. They will connect a family to their local early intervention program. The early intervention program will determine if the child is eligible for early intervention.

Concerned about your child’s development?

Call Pennsylvania’s CONNECT Helpline at 1-800-692-7288 for information about your child’s development and connecting to Early Intervention services in Pennsylvania.

Call Child Care Works Helpline at 1-877-4-PA-KIDS (1-877-472-5437) for information about finding, paying for and other concerns related to child care.

Learn more about these Helplines