IDEA Part C - Early Intervention Services for Infants and Toddlers

Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA): Part C – Early Intervention program for infants and toddlers provides a broad array of services to children with special needs, birth through three years of age, and their families. For information about services in your area contact your local Children's Integrated Services Coordinator.


Eligibility

Families who are eligible for services through the IDEA – Part C early intervention services include children ages birth to three years old who are experiencing developmental delays or who have a diagnosed condition that has a high probability of resulting in a developmental delay.


Services

IDEA – Part C early intervention services brings together families and service providers from many aspects of the community, including public and private agencies, parent child centers, local school districts, and private providers. Supports and services come together to meet each child's unique needs and the needs of their family in their home and community. Payment for services comes from a variety of sources, including insurance, Medicaid, participating agencies, local schools, family cost share, etc. By assisting in the coordination of locally available services, Children’s Integrated Services is working to ensure that Vermont's young children and their families have access to the widest possible array of early intervention services.

Early intervention services may include the following:

  • Audiology
  • Assistive Technology
  • Counseling/Psychological
  • Family training, counseling and home visits
  • Medical Evaluation (for diagnostic purposes only)
  • Nursing
  • Nutrition
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Physical Therapy
  • Service Coordination
  • Social Work
  • Special Instruction
  • Speech/Language
  • Transportation
  • Vision

Parental Rights

Parent have rights to specific services and processes though this program. Learn more about your rights.


Interagency Coordinating Council (ICC)

The mission of the Vermont Interagency Coordinating Council is to advise and assist the Vermont Child Development Division to ensure the development and implementation of a statewide system of early intervention services for families and their infants and toddlers with special needs. The system includes parents as equal partners and is:

  • Family-centered
  • Community-based
  • Interdisciplinary
  • Collaborative across agencies

Legislation/Structure

The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) - Part C - provides for early intervention services for infants and toddlers with disabilities and their families. Implementation of early intervention services in Vermont is through Children’s Integrated Services, a family-centered coordinated system of early intervention services. These services are provided by the Vermont Department of Education (DOE) and the Vermont Department for Children and Families (DCF). Click here to view the current interagency agreement between DOE and DCF.

Child Development Division

Deputy Commissioner Reeva Murphy
DCF - Child Development Division
280 State Drive
Waterbury, VT 05671-1040
Phone: (802) 241-3110 or 1-800-649-2642
Fax: (802) 241-0846

http://dcf.vermont.gov/cdd