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

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

At six months of age, most babies:

  • Follow moving objects with their eyes
  • Play with their toes
  • Babble

At 12 months of age, most babies:

  • Sit without support
  • Crawl
  • Put objects in a container
  • Know five or six words

At 18 months of age, most children:

  • Feed themselves
  • Walk without help
  • Like to pull, push and dump things

Join the Local Early Intervention Coordinating Council

This is an advisory body that includes parents and professional staff that identifies and addresses gaps in services and other matters related to the Early Intervention Program.

This group meets two times per year.

Click to Learn How to Become an EI Service Provider

For Regional Resources click on the links below

The Mid-South Early Childhood Direction Center (ECDC)
The Center is able to answer questions about childhood development, behavior, and a variety of special needs regarding young children (birth through age 5). They provide information, referral and support.
Early Intervention Parent Guide