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Clinical Practice Guideline, Early Intervention Program

The Early Intervention Program is a statewide program that provides many different types of early intervention services to infants and toddlers with disabilities and their families

   The early years of a child's life are very important. During the infant and toddler years, children grow quickly and have so much to learn. Some children and families face special challenges and need extra help.

Early Help does make a difference! 

    The Early Intervention Program is a statewide program that provides many different types of early intervention services to infants and toddlers with disabilities and their families. In New York State, the Department of Health is the lead state agency responsible for the Early Intervention Program.

Early Intervention services can help you and your family:

  • Support and promote your child's development.

  • Include your child in your family and community life.

  • Learn the best ways to care for your child

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    Young children learn and develop differently. One baby may walk earlier than another, while another baby might talk first. Often, these differences will even out. But, some children will need extra help.

    Look for signs that your infant or toddler might need extra help. Early help makes a difference! If your child does have a problem, the earlier you get help, the better

    PRESCHOOL EDUCATION 3-5

    At age 3, children who are receiving Early Intervention Services may be transitioned to the Preschool Ed 3-5 Program. This program is mandated by New York State Department of Education. Fulton County Public Health administers payment to therapists who provide services in the childís home, daycare or to center-based schools and to bus companies. An annual Committee on Preschool Education (CPSE) meeting is held for each child at the home school district and an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) is developed to guide the childís education during the school year. A meeting may be held in the interim as the childís needs are indicated. 

    These services generally follow a school calendar, however, a six week summer program is funded by the county for severely delayed children to prevent substantial regression of their skills.



    Contact Information

    If you have a concern about your child, please contact Fulton County Public Health at 736-5720.

    Ask to speak with someone in the EI program: one of our Medical social worker assistants, Charlotte, Doreen, or Pam, or the nurse working with the program, Ellen. 

    We will be happy to answer your questions, take a referral, or schedule a visit.  No concern is too small when it involves your child.

     


    Links:

     

    Early Intervention Steps:

    http://www.health.state.ny.us/nysdoh/child/english/interven.htm  

     

    Early Intervention Publications:

    http://www.health.state.ny.us/nysdoh/eip/eip_publications.htm

     

    Early Intervention Program:  A Parentís Guide for Children with Special Needs:

    http://www.health.state.ny.us/nysdoh/child/index.htm

     

     

     

    Organizations: 

    To provide support and referral to parents having a child with a disability

     

    Lexington Family Services
    18 E. Fulton St.
    Gloversville, NY  12078
    Phone:  773-2050

    Parent to Parent of NYS
    500 Balltown Rd.
    Schenectady, NY  12304
    Phone:  381-4350
    1-800-305-8817