Early intervention services are generally available if your child is under three years old and has been diagnosed with a disability or is at risk for delay. These services are coordinated through the Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS).
What is Early Intervention?
Detailed information about early intervention is available through the following links:
- Information on Early Intervention Services is available from the Illinois Department of Human Services. A Spanish version is also available.
- "A Family's Introduction to Early Intervention" (PDF) is available from the Illinois Early Intervention Clearinghouse. A Spanish version (PDF) is also available.
- "A Parent's Guide: Finding Help for Young Children with Disabilities (Birth-5)" (PDF) is available from Head Start.
- The Center for Parent Information Resources: Early Learning provides a variety of resources pertaining to Early Intervention.
How do I get early intervention services for my child?
Contacting the Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) is the first step to receiving early intervention services in Illinois. There are 25 Child and Family Connections offices throughout the state of Illinois. Each office serves families from a different region of Illinois. Child & Family Connection #16 Office provides services for families in McLean County.
Once you have contacted the appropriate Child and Family Connection office, your family will be assigned a service coordinator who will guide you through the early intervention process. If your child is identified as needing a full evaluation, one will be scheduled. This evaluation will determine eligibility for early intervention services.