Early Intervention

Early Intervention Program
Early Intervention (EI) Program promotes the growth and development of infants and toddlers (birth to three) who have a developmental disability or delay in one or more areas. Developmental disabilities or delays can affect a child’s speech, physical ability, or social skills. Children referred to the Early Intervention (EI) Program receive a comprehensive developmental evaluation to determine if they are eligible. EI’s goal is to provide support to families so their children can develop to their fullest potential. Services are provided in places where children usually play or take part in daily activities such as their home or daycare setting.
If you have questions or concerns regarding your child’s development and your child is under the age of three, please contact your pediatrician and an EI Provider (see list below). There is no cost to families to receive EI services. Children do not have to be eligible for RI Medical Assistance (Medicaid) to receive services.
Families can choose Early EI providers who serve the city/town in which they live. By utilizing one of these providers, families will work with professionals who have the best knowledge of services, activities and educational opportunities within their community. All of RI's Early Intervention (EI) providers offer the same services to all families.