EARLY INTERVENTION (EI) PROGRAM: Provides services to help your child grow and learn during the first 3 years of life. Serves families of children from birth to age 3 who have developmental delays or disabilities, or who are at risk for developmental delays.
Get started by calling our office to make a referral to Child and Family Connections (CFC). You or your doctor may refer your child to CFC. The number is 815-730-2617 or 888-329-0633 (toll free).
After a referral is made, you’ll meet with a team to help them assess your child’s development and to determine if your child is eligible for EI services.
If your child is eligible, you’ll work with a team of professionals to develop an individualized plan for services based on goals you and the team have chosen. Services might include developmental, speech, occupational or physical therapy.
EI services are provided at a convenient time for your family and in familiar places where your child learns and plays (like your home, child care center, the park or the library). Your child will learn new skills within your family’s daily routines, like meal time, play time, story time or bath time.
Before your child turns 3, you and your team will develop a plan to help your child make the transition to preschool or other community programs so your child can continue to grow and learn.
For more information on the Illinois Early Intervention program please watch this video produced in collaboration with the University of Illinois Office of Public Engagement, Illinois Department of Human Services, and Shatterglass Studios. In this video families and EI providers discuss the many benefits of Early Intervention services for children and their families. To View Video please press here->http://go.illinois.edu/IntrotoEI
What our families are saying about Early Intervention:
“Thank you seems pretty inadequate. You helped me to find my son within the chaos of his condition. I may never have met him without you. You’ve touched our lives tremendously, and we will be forever grateful.” – Colleen, mom to Eamon
“Jacob continues to surprise us all with new things he’s doing every week, so I definitely feel like things are moving in the right direction for him. I am happy with his team that you helped put together. Thank you for everything that you do, for all of the families that you help.” – Kristin, mom to Jacob
“There are not enough words for us to thank all of you. I will never forget the day EI (Early Intervention) swooped in and saved the day. For a first-time mom who kept hearing she was over reacting and nothing was wrong with my son, you were sanity. I need to thank you for your constant support and guidance not only for my children, but also for my husband and I.” – Erin, mom to Ben and Henry.