Why Wait

The earlier children with disabilities and delays receive help, the better. Well-designed, timely early intervention can enhance the child’s development, provide support for the family, and provide long-term benefits for society. Positive outcomes for the child and family are directly related to early referral and timely intervention. Federal Regulation CFR Sec. 303.303 of Title 34 (Education)

ECI determines eligibility for infants and toddlers based on:

Developmental delay

Children who are delayed in one or more of the following areas of development:

  • Motor: gross, fine and oral; Children not walking, or crawling when they should be
  • Communication: delayed speech or limited understanding of a child's speech
  • Social-emotional: attachment problems, limited parent/family interactions or behavior problems
  • Self-help skills: feeding issues

Eligible Medical Diagnoses




  • Children who have a medically diagnosed condition with a high probability of developmental delay are eligible for ECI services.
  • Review list of medical diagnoses
  • Children with auditory and/or vision concerns should be referred for eligibility determination.
  • List of Eligible Medical Diagnoses

    Medically diagnosed conditions that are known to be associated with a developmental delay such as specific syndromes, chromosomal anomalies, cerebral palsy, seizures, hydrocephalus, spina bifida, etc. can qualify children for early intervention services.