Early Intervention (EI) Services are for children younger than 3 and their families. In Ohio, early intervention is a statewide system with coordinated supports at the local level. EI is grounded in the philosophy that young children learn best from familiar people in familiar settings.
To see if your child is eligible for Early Intervention, contact Ohio's Help Me Grow Central Intake and Referral system at (800) 755-4769 or (513) 434-3322. You can also complete the secure, web-based referral form at https://refer.ohiocentralintake.org. Make sure to have the following information:
- Child’s name, age and county of residence
- Contact information for parent or legal guardian, including first and last name, address, email address and/or phone number
Once your child is determined eligible for services, an Early Intervention Team will support you and your family. This team includes a primary service provider, who will regularly visit you and your child at home or in community settings to address your questions and priorities related to your child's development.
Your child’s service coordinator is also part of the team and learns about your family and daily activities, as well as your hopes and priorities for your child. Service coordinators also arrange evaluations, assessments, services and meetings with other professionals such as physical, speech or occupational therapists, development specialists and behavior support coaches.
Together you will find ways to use your existing supports and resources—and build upon them—to learn to enhance your child’s learning and development. Children and their families will transition when they complete needed services or when the child turns age three, with supports to move on to the next phase of growth and development.