What is Early Intervention?

In Massachusetts, Early Intervention is a statewide system of programs designed to serve infants and toddlers with developmental needs.

Early Intervention (EI) provides family-centered services to help children develop the skills they will need to grow into happy and healthy members of the community.

Any Massachusetts child up to three years of age and his/her family may be eligible for EI services if the child:

  • Is not reaching age-appropriate milestones in one or more areas of development.
  • Is diagnosed with a physical, emotional, or cognitive condition that may result in a developmental delay.
  • Is at risk for developmental delay due to various biological and/or environmental factors.

Early Intervention teams serve the child and family in what are called “natural settings” – at home, childcare centers, community playgroups, libraries etc. Providing services in natural settings supports children in their everyday activities with family and friends. Early Intervention offers the earliest possible intervention and support for children birth to three years.

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