Early Intervention

father16This is a state-wide program for infants and toddlers with disabilities and their families.  Services are directed to help children meet their developmental needs and help parents care for their children.  All children learn and develop differently.  Some fall behind.  Any child from birth to age three with a developmental delay, disability or condition that affects development may need help.  Early Intervention is provided at no direct cost to you.

If your baby/child seems to need help please call us to begin making an arrangement for your child’s evaluation.  607-832-5200.
Download the EI-Intake Referral Form here

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Who is eligible for the Early Intervention Program?

Children are eligible for the Early Intervention Program if they are under three years old and have a disability or developmental delay.  A disability means that a child has a diagnosed physical or mental condition that often leads to problems in development (such as Down syndrome, autism, cerebral palsy, vision impairment, hearing impairment).

A developmental delay means that a child is behind in at least one area of development, including

  • Physical development – growth,  gross and fine motor abilities
  • Cognitive development – learning and thinking
  • Communication – understanding and using words
  • Social-emotional development – relating to others
  • Adaptive development – self-help skills, such as feeding

Local Early Intervention Coordinating Council (LEICC)

The LEICC is composed of parents and professionals who advise the Early Intervention Official about the system of early intervention services for infants and toddlers, from birth through three years, who have disabilities and developmental delays. Meetings are open to the public and all parents, providers of children’s services, childcare agencies, local school districts and parent support agencies. Meetings occur in the spring and fall.