What is Early Intervention (EI)?

The Early Intervention Program is a family centered program for infants and young children ages birth to three, with developmental delays or who have a diagnosed condition with a high probability of developmental delay. The program emphasizes the earliest possible identification of infants and toddlers with disabilities.

Family participation is encouraged and services are provided in the natural environment (home, daycare, community) for the child whenever possible.  Eligibility is determined by a multi-disciplinary evaluation and services are based upon individual child’s needs. These services may be direct or consultative and may include speech, physical and other therapies, child development groups, family counseling, and transportation. There is no direct cost to the family.

Reimbursement is sought from third party payers, but by law, cannot affect a family’s insurance lifetime cap or any deductions. To refer a child to the Early Intervention Program, contact your designated elected EIO (Early Intervention Official) of your municipality/county’s Early Intervention Program.  For information about the statewide program, contact the NYS Department of Health, Bureau of Early Intervention at (518) 473-7016 or email bei@health.ny.gov.

What is the Committee on Preschool Special Education (CPSE)?

The Committee on Preschool Special Education (CPSE) is a program that provides services to children from 3 to 5 years of age, who have, or are at risk of having, a developmental disability. Services are at no cost to the family of eligible children. CPSE programs are funded and regulated by the NYS Department of Health.  Contact your school district’s Special Education Department to discuss your child’s concerns.

Is there a fee for services?

Both, Early Intervention (EI) and Committee on Preschool Special Education (CPSE) Services are provided at no cost to the family of eligible children.

How do I refer my child for services?

To refer a child to the Early Intervention Program, contact your designated elected EIO (Early Intervention Official) of your municipality/county’s Early Intervention Program. For information about the statewide program, contact the NYS Department of Health, Bureau of Early Intervention at (518) 473-7016 or e-mail bei@health.ny.gov.

To refer a child for preschool services, contact your school district’s Special Education Department.