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Help Enrolling in Early Intervention

Help Enrolling in Early Intervention (0-2 years)

 
492440-removebg-previewEarly Intervention Website by the Department of Education
311 (ask for Early Intervention)
 
The Early Intervention (EI) Program helps young children (birth to 3 years) who are not learning, playing, growing, talking, or walking like other children their age. The program works with your family to set goals for your child and create a plan to help your child and your family meet these goals. 
 
The EI Program is available to all eligible New York City children, regardless of race, ethnicity, income, disability, or immigration status, and services are provided at no cost.
 
Children that are eligible for Early Intervention services (therapy) are those who:
-Are younger than 3 years old (must refer before 2 years and 11 months)
-Have a delay in one or more of the following areas of development: physical (motor skills), cognitive, communications (verbal/talking), social-emotional, and/or adaptive.
 
WHAT HAPPENS AFTER MY CHILD IS REFERRED?
1. A service coordinator will contact you to explain the EI services, begin the evaluation process, and select an agency to use for the evaluation. (This same person will continue to provide assistance while your child is in the program.)
2. Your child will have an evaluation by a specialist from the agency you select. The evaluation will tell you if your child is behind in developing skills compared to other children their age- like taking the first step, smiling, waving.
3. If your child has a delay, they may be eligible for EI services.
 
Early Intervention handout.
Spanish Early Intervention handout.
 

COVID-19 Precautions (Updated April 6)
–The Early Intervention Program is still operating as an essential service and taking precautions to keep our staff and families safe during the COVID-19 outbreak
| El Programa de Intervención Temprana está todavía operando como un servicio esencial y está tomando las precauciones necesarias para mantener al personal y las familias a salvo durante el brote por COVID-19
 
–To submit a referral, call the Regional Office in the borough where your child lives directly. Do not fax
| Para completar una remisión, llame directamente a la Oficina Regional del condado donde vive su niño. No envíe faxes
 
–Individualized Family Service Planning meetings are being conducted by phone. For more information, contact your service coordinator or call your Regional Office (phone # below)
| Las Reuniones de Planeación de Servicios Familiares están siendo conducidas por teléfono. Para más información llame a su Oficina Regional Local (# de teléfono abajo)
 
–Early Intervention Providers are delivering services through teletherapy as much as possible
| Los proveedores de Intervención Temprana están prestando servicios a través de teleterapia.
 
Regional Office Phone Numbers | Números teléfonicos de Oficinas Regionales
Bronx: 718-838-6887
Brooklyn: 718-722-3310 (main) / 718-722-7824 (referrals)
Manhattan: 212-436-0900
Queens: 718-553-3954
Staten Island: 718-568-2300

 
**VERY IMPORTANT** Speak to a social worker for assistance (ask your child’s doctor for a referral). Doctors can make a referral by completing the Early Intervention Program Referral Form. Alternatively, call 311 and ask for “Early Intervention Evluation Services”.
 
If your child is 2 years 11 months or older and you think he needs special education, visit “Preschool Special Education Services”.
 

El programa de intervención temprana ayuda a los niños que no están aprendiendo, jugando, creciendo, hablando o caminando como otros niños. Este programa ayuda a crear metas para tu hijo y un plan para ayudar a alcanzar estas metas.
 
**MUY IMPORTANTE: habla con un trabajador social para obtener asistencia o pide al doctor de tu hijo un referido a “Intervención Temprana”. Los doctores pueden hacer un referrido completando este formulario Early Intervention Program Referral Form. Alternativamente, llama al 311 y pregunta por “Intervencion Temprana”.
 
Hoja informacional para aplicar a una evaluación y obtener servicios de Intervención Temprana.
 
Si tu niño tiene 2 años y 11 meses o es mayor, y crees que necesita servicios de educación especial visita “Servicios de Educación Pre-escolar Especial” para más información.