To be eligible for the Early Intervention program, children must:
- Be younger than 3 years old
- Live in one of the five boroughs
- Have a disability or developmental delay
All children referred to the Early Intervention program may receive a free, voluntary multi-disciplinary evaluation to determine if they are eligible for services.
Children who are not eligible for this program can receive developmental monitoring, with caregivers keeping track of the child's development up to their third birthday.
All services and evaluations are confidential. They will not be shared with any other City Agency or system, such as the Department of Education, without the parent’s written permission.
If a child qualifies, the program will work with the parent to design a special plan to help the child and family. This plan is called an IFSP.
A family does not need to have insurance to be eligible for Early Intervention. If the family has health insurance, it will be used to pay for Early Intervention services at no direct cost to the family.
If your child is already enrolled in the Early Intervention program and you need assistance with paying medical bills, a Child Benefit Advisor can help you.
For more information and to contact a Child Benefit Advisor, go to the Health Insurance for Children page.