The early years of a child's life are very important. During the infant and toddler years, children grow quickly and have so much to learn. Some children and families face special challenges and need extra help. Early help does make a difference.
The Early Intervention Program is a statewide program that provides many different types of early intervention services to infants and toddlers with disabilities and their families.
As a parent, you help decide:
You are the most important person in your child's life. You know your child best. You understand your child's needs, and what is helpful and what is not. You have the most information about - and responsibility for - your child's growth and development. In a world of professional titles, consider yourself a Family Information Specialist!
If you live in Broome County and have any questions about an infant or toddler, please call the Broome County Early Intervention Program at (607)778-2851.
The Early Intervention Program offers many types of early intervention services. Early intervention services are services that are:
Here's a list:
Children are eligible for the Early Intervention Program if they are under three years old AND have a disability or developmental delay.
A disability means that a child has a diagnosed physical or mental condition that often leads to problems in development (such as Down Syndrome, Autism, Cerebral Palsy, vision impairment, hearing impairment).
A developmental delay means that a child is behind in at least one area of development, including:
Your child does not need to be a U.S. citizen to be eligible for services. And, there is no income "test" for the program. You and your child do have to be residents of Broome County to participate in the Broome County Early Intervention Program.
Mission Statement of the Broome County Local Early Intervention Coordinating Council (LEICC): To provide a forum for all Early Intervention program partners, parents, guardians, providers and Broome County Health Department staff to collaborate in identifying, evaluating, developing and implementing services that allow children to prosper, grow, and fully participate in society. This interaction allows for recommendations that will maintain program quality, enhance services, and ease transition to other programs.
Broome County has a local Early Intervention Coordinating Council made up of parents and professionals. The LEICC advises the Early Intervention Official about local early intervention issues - such as gaps in services.
If you have questions or are interested in joining the LEICC, please call us at (607)778-2851.
www.health.ny.gov/publications/0532/index.htm - The Early Intervention Program, A Parent's Guide
health.ny.gov/publications/0532/welcome.htm - NYS Early Intervention Website
www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/actearly/milestones/index.html - Developmental milestones