86. What is Early Intervention?

Early Intervention is a state and county funded program for children birth to 3 years old. After 3, services become the responsibility of local school districts. Early intervention provides a variety of services to children, such as physical, occupational, and speech and language therapy. Because multiples are often born premature, families are sometimes referred to a local EI provider by the hospital at discharge. If at any point you have concerns about a child meeting developmental milestones, ask your pediatrician for a referral to EI or contact them directly.




The NICHCY website provides information about assessments and services provided by early intervention. To find the EI program in your area, contact the person listed for your state in their State Resources. You may also call NICHCY at 1-800-695-0285.

Visit The Early Intervention website for more information about EI.

A complete explanation of the early intervention process is offered in the MOST Infant Multiples Packet.

MOST also offers a variety of articles on Early Invervention in the MOST Supertwins Library and on the MOST Stories from the Heart blog.

MCH Library Resources on Early Childhood Programs

Early Intervention Educational Slideshow


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