Early Intervention is a series of
supports provided under the federal law called Individuals with
Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). All children had a right to Early
Intervention Services when they are needed. Any family can use these
services regardless of income status or health care benefits.
Early Intervention services provide services
to the child and the family in a variety of settings with a focus on
the use of natural settings. Early intervention services are family centered - meaning that
the supports and services provided to the child and the family are
based on the strengths and needs identified by the family. It is
important to intervene as early as possible to maximize the child’s
development and to provide support to the family.
Play Evaluations and Screening
From birth to age two, children with
developmental delays are served by an
Individualized Family Services Plan (IFSP).
From age three through beginning school age children with
developmental delays are served by an Individualized
Education Plan (IEP). The difference
between the two plans is that the IFSP also provides for services
and supports for families.
To access Early Intervention services for your child contact:
260 South Broad St.
Philadelphia, PA 19102
Intake Office: 215-731-2110
ChildLink is a single point of contact for entry into the Early
Intervention System. They offer intake for any child from birth to
age five. They also provide on-going coordination for children
from birth to three years of age. If your child is age 3-5, you
can also call Elwyn (215-222-8054), directly for services.
Child Care Works Networks - a Statewide resource that provides
valuable information about child care, Head Start, and other early
childhood development services available in Pennsylvania. Parents
can learn about the many child care options and resources so that
they can make informed choices that best meet their family's
needs. Child care providers and community leaders can use this
site as a planning tool when determining the availability of early
childhood services provided in their area.
Parent Support Organizations
Parent to Parent of Pennsylvania (P2P) - is
a network created by families for families of children and adults
with special needs. Parent to Parent can offer you support, from
someone who's been there. Call Parent to Parent to find another family in a similar
situation who can share experiences and offer
practical information. All services are free and confidential.
Their line is open 8am - 6pm Monday - Friday. Telephone 800-986-4550
PEN is Pennsylvania's statewide Parent Training and Information
Center. This site provides information on special education in
Pennsylvania and provides links to national sites. They also have
their own publications on a variety of topics which you can order
online. Visit their web site or contact them at:
Parent Education Network
York, PA 17402
717-600-0100 V/TTY or 1-800-522-5827 V/TTY
1-800-441-5028 (Spanish), 717-600-8101
Special Kids Network - a
free, statewide network for families, like yours, with children who
have special needs or disabilities. This number will connect you to
an information and referral specialist in one of six regional areas.
They can help you get connected to a range of resources and supports
services in your community. The Special Kids Network works closely
with Parent to Parent of Pennsylvania which links parents of
children with disabilities to other parents in similar situations.
You can access all of their services through 800-986-4550 for voice
or 877-986-5432 TTY.
Child Care Works Network - find valuable information about child
care, Head Start, and other early childhood development services
available in Pennsylvania. Parents can learn about the many child
care options and resources so that they can make informed choices
that best meet their family's needs. Child care providers and
community leaders can use this site as a planning tool when
determining the availability of early childhood services provided in
Other Advocacy Resources
Resources for Collaboration
Philadelphia Interagency Coordinating Council
PICC is a group of parents and professionals from agencies and
programs serving children with special needs ages birth to five
years. The group provides suggestions and encourages collaboration
among agencies who serve children in Philadelphia. They work
with daycare centers, Head Start centers and Early Intervention
Early Intervention Technical Assistance (EITA) (You will have to
click on the Early Intervention button after coming to their main
EITA provides training and technical assistance to Early
Intervention programs and parent groups in Pennsylvania. Their web site contains
very useful information about Early Intervention and the types of
services and supports provided.