Office of Child Development and Early Learning. Because every child is Pennsylvania’s future. OCDEL Programs. Early Intervention Services and Supports. Why Early Intervention Services and Supports.
Because every child is Pennsylvania’s future
Early Intervention Services and Supports
Assures that all eligible children from birth to five with developmental delays receive services and supports which maximize their development.
Meets the developmental needs of eligible children and the needs of the family related to enhancing the child’s development in one or more of the following areas:
Enhances family/caregiver relationships with children, building on their strengths, and strives to maximize the experiences, opportunities, and resources within the routines and activities unique to each family and community.
Services are based on the strengths and needs identified on the child’s Individual Family Service Plan (IFSP) or Individual Education Plan (IEP), developed by a team of professionals which includes the family.
Early Intervention services and supports are provided at no cost to families.
Services are provided during the activities that already exist in the child’s home, community or early education setting.
Serve children ages birth through five years:
Families: Contact CONNECT Helpline, 1-800-692-7288
Early education programs: Programs which feel a child may need Early Intervention services should discuss concerns with the family and have the family contact the CONNECT Helpline to access services. Please refer to “An Early Education Provider’s Guide to Early Intervention in PA” found at www.pattan.net.
Visit www.dpw.state.pa.us or www.dpw.state.pa.us/forchildren/earlyinterventionservices/index.htm for family guides and other resources on Early Intervention.
Served over 80,000 children birth to five with developmental delays and their families.
70% preschool age children receive Early Intervention supports and services in the same settings they would be in if they did not have a developmental disability.
55% of infants and toddlers receive Early Intervention services in addition to their home, in the community or early education settings.
Children with transition plans in place by age 3 increased from 76% to 98%.
Children who had a transition conference before transitioning from Infant/Toddler Early Intervention to Preschool Early Intervention increased from 83% to 95%.
Over 80% of Preschool Early Intervention programs are implementing Positive Behavior Supportswith at least one early education partner.
Trained and implemented new electronic child record in PELICANfor both Infant/Toddler and Preschool Early Intervention.
Serves children from birth to age five with disabilities/ developmental delays and their families. Serving more than 34,000 infants and toddlers and more than 47,300 preschoolers in 2010-2011.
Child assessment data from infants, toddlers and preschoolers who entered Early Intervention after July 1, 2008 and exited Early Intervention prior to June 30, 2009 shows that nearly every child (99%) made progress from entry to exit.
Preschool Early Intervention: Increase from 49% to 69% of children receive Early Intervention in typical early childhood settings
Infant/Toddlers: Increase from 18% to 55% of children receive Early Intervention outside the home in early childhood settings.
Continue increasing the number of Preschool Early Intervention children receiving their services in typical early childhood education settings.
Continue increasing the number of Infant/Toddler Early Intervention children receiving their services in addition to their home, in the community or early education settings.
Increasing strategies that support smooth transitions from the Infant/Toddler Early Intervention program to the Preschool Early Intervention program and from the Preschool Early Intervention program to school.
PELICAN Early Intervention
References in Governor’s proposed budget
Listed below are the appropriations by Department and the page number on which you can find these appropriations in the Governor’s budget proposal. The full document is available online at www.budget.state.pa.us
Early Intervention – E35.9
Child Care Works/ Keystone STARS
- Child Care Services – E35.9
- Child Care Assistance - E35.9
Nurse Family Partnership – E35.9
PA Pre-K Counts - E14.6
Head Start Supplemental - E14.6
Early Intervention - E14.6
Pennsylvania Department of Education – www.education.state.pa.us
Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare – www.dpw.state.pa.us
Pennsylvania Key – www.pakeys.org
Pennsylvania’s Promise for Children – www.papromiseforchildren.com
OCDEL Annual Report: http://www.pakeys.org/pages/get.aspx?page=EarlyLearning_Tools
Program Reach & Risk Assessment: http://www.pakeys.org/pages/get.aspx?page=EarlyLearning_Reach
BUILD ECE News: http://paprom.convio.net/site/PageServer?pagename=Build_home_page