BIRTH TO THREE YEARS OLD
The Early Intervention Program (EIP) is a public program funded by New York State and municipality governments for children under the age of three who are either suspected of having or at risk for developmental delays or disabilities. All EIP services are provided at no cost to parents. Health Insurance may be used for approved services. A child’s eligibility for the program can be determined only by state-approved evaluators under contract and all services must be authorized by the municipality.
If a child is found eligible for the EIP, all needed early intervention services are identified in collaboration with the parent and must be authorized by the municipality. The municipality will arrange for service providers, considering the individual needs of the child and family, to deliver services authorized by the municipality.
Early intervention services are provided where it’s best for the child – in places such as your home, day care, or other community settings. The EIP covers the cost of early intervention services only. The EIP does not pay for day care or other fees charged by community settings.
If you have concerns about your child’s development, you can call the borough in which you reside to refer your child. To access the Early Intervention Program, see your borough below.