Preschool Early Intervention

Early Intervention, ages 3-5

Supervisor: Amy Jacob

"It is the mission of Early Intervention to provide high quality and developmentally appropriate services to all eligible young children."

The Seneca Highlands Intermediate Unit Nine operates preschool classrooms within your local community. We have been actively working with the school districts to ensure that all preschool children have an opportunity to have an early learning experience. There are only 2,000 days from the time your child is born until they enter Kindergarten. Research tells us that 90% of a child's brain is developed in those 2,000 days.

The Preschool Intervention Program serves eligible young children, from age 3 to entrance to school age, and their families. Eligible children are those with a diagnosed disability or developmental delay who also are demonstrating a need for specially designed instruction.

Services may include: specialized instruction, hearing support, vision support, speech/language support, occupational therapy, physical therapy, transportation, and other services deemed necessary by the IEI team

Cost: Free to eligible young children in need

Eligibility: determined by a multidisciplinary team evaluation (MDE)

Referrals: can be made by parents, early childhood providers, doctors, or other agencies

Staff: certified teachers and therapists

Service Area includes these school districts: Austin, Bradford, Cameron County, Coudersport, Galeton, Johnsonburg, Kane, Northern Potter, Oswayo Valley, Otto-Eldred, Port Allegany, Ridgway, St. Marys and Smethport

We want to assist families in helping their children access a positive preschool experience. The Seneca Highlands Intermediate Unit Nine preschool program in your area may have preschool openings for children ages 3-5 years old. Please call any of the Service Coordinators in your area to hear about possible openings.

The Early Intervention Office is located in the Port Allegany Elementary School at 85 Clyde Lynch Drive, Suite 306.

To contact the Early Intervention Office, please call at (814) 887-5512, and select extension 302 or you can call any of the Service Coordinators listed below:

Amanda Dempsey

Austin, Cameron County, Kane and Smethport School Districts

(814) 887-5512, ext. 306

Sunny Ginther

Johnsonburg, Ridgway, and St. Marys School Districts

(814) 887-5512, ext. 308

Heather Boswell

Bradford Area School District and Otto-Eldred

(814) 362-3845, ext. 5212

Lisa Elliott

Coudersport, Galeton, Northern Potter, Oswayo Valley, and Port Allegany School District

(814) 887-5512, ext. 412