What is Early Intervention?

Early Intervention (EI) is a statewide, integrated, developmental service for families of children between birth and three years of age. EI provides family-centered services that assist in the developmental progress of eligible children. Children may be eligible for EI if they have developmental difficulties due to identified disabilities, or if typical development is at risk due to certain birth or environmental circumstances.

Early Intervention is the state’s most cost effective program for children birth to age three with developmental delays. By intervening early, the program has a remarkable track record of limiting the need for more expensive, less effective services in later years. According to the Massachusetts Department of Health Early Intervention services were responsible for close to $28 million in special education cost savings to cities and towns during the 2012-2013 school year.

Who is Eligible for EI?

Any Massachusetts child up to three years of age and his/her family may be eligible for EI services if the child:

  • Is not reaching age-appropriate milestones in one or more areas of development.
  • Is diagnosed with a physical, emotional, or cognitive condition that may result in developmental delay.
  • Is at risk for developmental delay due to various biological and/or environmental factors.

To find out more about Early Intervention services:

Call the Central Directory for Early Intervention at 1-800-905-8437 (1-800-905-TIES) or visit www.massfamilyties.org for a listing of certified Early Intervention programs serving your city or town.

Call and speak with a local Early Intervention program to make a referral.