What is Early Intervention?
Do you suspect that your child is behind in development for his/her age? Are you concerned about your child’s ability to learn new skills? Help is available through Early Intervention (EI), which provides supports and services to children and their families from birth to age five who need extra support to reach developmental milestones. Children from age birth to three participate in Infant/Toddler EI and children age three to five participate in Preschool EI.
EI teachers build the competence of the family members and early education providers to support developmental progress by identifying what they are already doing to promote the child’s learning, by identifying learning opportunities in the child’s everyday life, by creating additional learning opportunities for the child, and by helping caregivers use effective intervention strategies in those learning opportunities to support the child’s development. EI support and services are embedded within learning opportunities that exist in the child’s typical routines in the home, community activities, and/or early education programs such as childcare. Services provided in natural environments (home and community) provide functional and meaningful opportunities for practice and mastery of developmental skills.
Tiny Tot Child Development Center is proud to be a provider of EI services for both the Infant/Toddler and Preschool programs. Our Infant/Toddler EI supports are provided most often in the child’s home, but can also be carried out in the community as needed by the family. Our Preschool EI supports are provided in our early learning facility located in Rochester, PA where we are committed to a fully inclusive program that features full service child care for children ages 18 months to 5 years old, preschool, PA Pre-K Counts, and Preschool EI.Is My Child Eligible for Early Intervention Services?
Eligible children demonstrate a 25% delay in at least one of these areas of development through an initial developmental assessment:
- movement/motor skills
- social interaction
- self-help skills such as feeding, dressing, or toileting
Any of the following situations at birth can be factors for children at risk of developmental delays:
How Do I Get Services?
- were born prematurely
- had a low birth weight
- spent time in a neonatal intensive care unit
- were born to chemically dependent mothers
- have been seriously neglected or abused
- have dangerously high lead levels in their blood
In Beaver County, free programs are available through Early Intervention for eligible children. One call can start a positive change for your child and your family. If you have questions about your child’s development, please make this phone call. Early Intervention is a win-win situation for all involved.
The developmental evaluation is FREE and all services are FREE for eligible children.
In Pennsylvania, call the Early Intervention Helpline, CONNECT at 1-800-692-7288.In Beaver County:
For questions about children from BIRTH to AGE 3, please call Beaver County Behavioral Health at 724-891-2827 or Toll Free at 1-800-318-8138.
For questions about children AGES 3-5, please call the Beaver Valley Intermediate Unit at 724-774-7800.