Early Intervention Information

The Illinois Early Intervention (EI) Program provides services to help children develop, grow, and learn during their first three years of life. It is targeted at children from birth to three years of age who have developmental delays, disabilities, and/or who could be at risk for developmental delays.

All children can be evaluated to determine eligibility and are usually referred to the program by a doctor, child-care provider, or parent. After the referral is made and depending on the concerns you have, your child will receive an evaluation from Early Intervention Specialists (Developmental Therapists, Speech Therapists, Occupational Therapists, Physical Therapists, Social Workers) to assess if your child is eligible for EI services.

Should your child qualify, you will work with a team of specialists to develop a detailed plan (Individualized Family Service Plan) to meet customized functional goals for your child. Then the ongoing services are provided in a natural setting at a convenient time for your family which typically means in the home or at a child-care center.

The EI program covers the cost for the initial assessments to determine eligibility after which ongoing services are paid through private health insurance (if applicable) or program funds. A small family fee is assessed on a sliding scale based on family size and family income. This fee is not applicable to families with All Kids. The ongoing sessions continue until the child turns three or the specialist determines that the child no longer needs services.

Before aging out at age three, the team will develop a plan to help the child transition to preschool or other community programs so that they can continue to develop, grow, and learn.

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Financial Resources

We believe every child should have access to the services they need. Check out the resources below to read further about additional financial support that may be available for your child.

Chicago Autism Network Therapy Assistance Grants
UnitedHealthcare Children’s Foundation
Autism Care Today
First Hand Foundation
Kiddos’ Clubhouse Foundation