Children grow and develop rapidly during their first three years of life. Although each child is unique and grows and learns at his or her own pace, some children need extra help. This extra help is called Early Childhood Intervention.
Research shows that growth and development are most rapid in the first three years of life. The earlier a delay is identified, and a child receives intervention, the better the outcome for that child.
Because parents spend so much time with their children, they often are the first to identify a concern about development if there are concerns or questions about how a child is growing or learning.
If you would like to refer your child to ECI, call (915) 534-4ECI or click here.
What is Early Childhood Intervention?
Early Childhood Intervention or ECI is a statewide program for families with children, birth to three, with developmental delays or disabilities. ECI is state and federally funded through the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA, P.L. 108-446). Families and professionals work as a team to plan appropriate services based on the unique needs of the child and family.
Who is Eligible for ECI Services?
Children under three years old are eligible if they have a developmental delay in one of the following areas: learning, movement, ability to talk, ability to understand and get along with others. Children are also eligible if they are determined to have atypical development, such as abnormalities in behavior. Medically diagnosed conditions that are known to lead to developmental delay such as cerebral palsy, seizures, Down Syndrome, etc. also qualify a child for services.
What services does ECI provide?
Services may include, but are not limited to the following:
Developmental Screenings and Evaluations
Physical, Occupational & Speech Therapy
Specialized Skills Training
Family Education & Support Services