Early Childhood Intervention Services

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Request for Comments on DARS Annual Application for Early Childhood Intervention Federal Funding

DARS Division for Early Childhood Intervention (ECI) Services is seeking public comment on the application for funding under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, Part C. The annual funding application will be submitted to the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs. | More on Public Comments for IDEA Application

Gov. Perry Appoints 11 to Early Childhood Intervention Advisory Committee

Governor Rick Perry has appointed 11 members to the Early Childhood Intervention (ECI) Advisory Committee. The ECI Advisory Committee, which is required by Part C of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, advises the DARS Division for Early Childhood Intervention Services on development and implementation of policies that constitute the statewide ECI system. | More on Appointments to ECI Advisory Committee

ECI Advisory Committee Co-Chair Published Article in Pediatrics

Dr. Richard Adams, Texas Early Childhood Intervention Advisory Committee Co-Chair, Dr. Carl Tapia and the Council on Children with Disabilities published an article in Pediatrics titled "Early Intervention, IDEA Part C Services, and the Medical Home: Collaboration for Best Practice and Best Outcomes." To view the article visit http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/early/2013/09/24/peds.2013-2305.full.pdf

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What is ECI?

ECI is a statewide program for families with children, birth to three, with disabilities and developmental delays. ECI supports families to help their children reach their potential through developmental services. Services are provided by a variety of local agencies and organizations across Texas.

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State and federally funded through the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA, P.L. 108-446), ECI provides evaluations and assessments, at no cost to families, to determine eligibility and need for services. Families and professionals work as a team to plan appropriate services based on the unique needs of the child and family. ECI asks families who can afford to do so, to share in the cost of services. The amount a family pays for ECI services is determined using a sliding fee scale and is based on family size and income after allowable deductions. No child and family will be turned away because of an inability to pay.

ECI goes to families and focuses on working with the child and family in their natural environment, such as at home, grandma's, or a child care center. Essentially, it's where children live, learn and play.

Research shows that growth and development are most rapid in the early years of life. The earlier problems are identified, the greater the chance of reducing the impact of them. Early intervention responds to the critical needs of children and families by:

  • promoting development and learning,
  • providing support to families,
  • coordinating services, and
  • decreasing the need for costly special programs.

ECI is here to help and can become an important resource for all families. For more information about ECI or to refer a child, call the DARS Inquiries Line at 1-800-628-5115.

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