Early Intervention - Number of children receiving Early Intervention services

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Early Intervention (EI) provides individualized services and supports to families of children birth to school-age who have developmental delays or disabilities. Supports and services differ depending on the child’s and family’s needs and focus on enhancing the child’s physical (including vision and hearing), cognitive, communication, social, emotional and adaptive development while providing parent education and support as appropriate. 

The research is clear. Early Intervention services have been shown to improve the health, language and communication, cognitive development and social/emotional development of young children who have or are at risk of developmental delays.  EI is a smart investment because it decreases the need for special education services.  The commonwealth and federal government must maintain their commitment to funding EI to ensure all children with developmental delays and disabilities and their families receive the services they require.
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Definitions: The number of children (birth until school enrollment) receiving early intervention (EI) services.  EI is designed to assist children with developmental delays or disabilities before they enter school.  The number is the sum of children in Infant-Toddler EI (Birth-2yr) and Preschool EI (3-5yr).

Data Source: Pennsylvania Departments of Education and Human Services, Office of Child Development and Early Learning.

Footnotes: Children who transition from Infant-Toddler EI to Preschool EI during the fiscal year may be counted twice.

Updated April 2018