If your child has reached their goals from the IFSP and is back on track, you may not need services.
Your EI coordinator can help you to find support outside of EI:
Some fun activities for your child to join, like art classes, sports, play groups, or story times
Child care or a preschool that fits your child's needs
Other informal supports
If your child still needs services, you will connect with your local school system.
The school system serves most kids when they start kindergarten at age 5. But if your child has special needs, they may qualify for special education services at age 3.
These can include:
Services from specialists like you have with EI: Speech therapy, OT, PT, etc.
Special education preschool (this is free if your child qualifies)
Click the box below to compare EI with school-based special education:
EI and Special Education are similar in many ways, although some of the terms are different.
The main difference is that EI serves the whole family and includes supports for parents and siblings, while special education only serves the child.
But in both systems, the parents have a say in the process, and work as part of a team.
Sources: MA DPH, MA DESE