If you are concerned that your child is not talking, walking, moving, seeing, or learning like other children you may want to look into early intervention.
Pennsylvania's Early Intervention Program is an entitlement program, which was developed in order to provide services to children with developmental delays and their families. The County Mental Health/Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities programs are responsible for coordinating these services to children from birth through three years of age.
Early Intervention services are provided at no cost to the family. Services are based upon the strengths, concerns, priorities, and resources as they are identified by a family. Services are designed to meet the needs of children and respect the choices made by their families.
Early Intervention is much more than just services.
Early Intervention can also provide:
- information on how children develop.
- services to help your child move his or her body.
- ideas for how your family can help your child at home and the community.
- ideas for how you can help your child grow and learn.
Early Intervention services are meant to promote a child’s development and may include speech, physical, occupational, and developmental therapy. Services are provided in settings that are a part of the family’s daily routine, including home, play groups, child care centers and preschool programs.
If you live in Cumberland or Perry County and your child is between birth and three and you are interested in learning more about Early Intervention, please contact:
Cumberland/ Perry Early Intervention Program
16 West High Street
Carlisle, PA 17013
All other Cumberland County residents 1-888-697-0371 x6325
Perry County residents 1-866-240-6320
If you live in Dauphin County and your child is between birth and three and you are interested in learning more about early intervention, please contact:
Dauphin County Early Intervention/ Case Management Unit
1100 South Cameron Street
Harrisburg, PA 17104
If you live in another county in PA, you can find your county's Early Intervention Program by calling the CONNECT Helpline at 1-800-692-7288, or by contacting your county's MH/MR office.
If you live in Dauphin, Cumberland or Perry County and your child is between the ages of three and five and you are interested in learning more about early intervention, please contact:
Capital Area Intermediate Unit
55 Miller Street
Enola, PA 17025
If you live in another County in PA you can locate your nearest Intermediate Unit by visiting the following site:
Listing of all Intermediate Units in Pennsylvania