About Early Intervention

Early Intervention (EI) is a free program for kids from 0-3 who need to catch up with some of the skills that kids their age should have.

It gives them important services that will help them later on.

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Early Intervention (EI) is a free program, offered in all states.

  • Helps families to support their children who may have developmental delays.

  • Offers services that help them practice skills through play, and "catch up."

  • Works with families with children from 0-3 years old.

Examples of Early Intervention Services. 1. Home visits or therapy. Specialists help to work on different skills. They help you learn how to encourage your child

Early Intervention services are free if you qualify!  They are paid for by the Mass Department of Public Health

If kids get this focused play at an early age, they are more likely to catch up in their development. The earlier the better!

Sources: EOHHS, Family TIES of MA

There are many EI programs in Massachusetts.

Each one serves a local town or area. You may have one in your area, or a few to choose from.

Here's what you can do:

Family TIES of Massachusetts is the organization that gets you started. They will tell you which program serves your town, and how to contact them.They also offer other kinds of support, like putting you in touch with other parents.Click here to go to the Family TIES Website.(This will open a new window or tab on your screen.)

Family TIES of Massachusetts. 1-800-905-TIES or 8437. Support for families of kids with special needs. Parent Support groups. Information. www.massfamilyties.org.

  • If your child is less than 3, they may be able to enroll and get these services until they are 3.

  • If your child is about 2 and a half, there may not be time to enroll, but you should call anyway. They can help to to get started with school-based services.

See the Exceptional Lives Early Intervention Guide to learn more. (Click on the title to open it in a new tab on your screen. Or go to the Dashboard in the top left corner.)

Sources: MA DOE, Family TIES of MA

If kids get this focused play at an early age, they are more likely to catch up in their development. The earlier the better!

Here's what you can do:

  • Call Family TIES of Massachusetts to find the EI program closest to you. You can call them at 800-905-8437.

  • If your child is less than 3, they may be able to enroll and get these services until they turn 3.

  • If your child is about 2 and a half, there may not be time to enroll, but you should call anyway. They can help to to get started with school-based services.

See the next screen to learn about the Exceptional Lives Early Intervention Guide.

Sources: MA DOE, Family TIES of MA

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