Early Intervention

What is Early Intervention?

Early Intervention (EI) in Pennsylvania consists of services and supports designed to help families with children who have developmental delays or disabilities. EI services can include: information about how children develop, parent or caregiver education, family supports, and developmental and instructional therapies that assist in child development. Early intervention builds upon the natural learning that occurs in the first few years. It is a process that promotes collaboration among parents, service providers and others who are involved with the child.

Who is eligible?

Infants, toddlers, and preschool children who have special needs due to a developmental delay or disability are eligible to receive early intervention services.

Where do children and families receive supports and services?

Services may be provided during the child's daily activities at home or in the community, at child care centers, preschools, play groups and Head Start programs.