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Early Intervention

Early intervention services are generally available for children under three years of age who have been diagnosed with a disability or are 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.

How are early intervention services obtained?

Contacting the Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) is the first step to receiving early intervention services in Illinois. There are twenty-five Child and Family Connections offices in the state of Illinois, each serving families from a different region. Child & Family Connection Office of Central Illinois provides services for families in McLean County.

Once the appropriate Child and Family Connection office has been contacted, families are assigned a service coordinator who will guide them through the early intervention process. If the child is identified as needing a full evaluation, it will be scheduled. The full evaluation will determine eligibility for early intervention services.

Contact Us

Johnna Darragh-Ernst

Professor Early Childhood Education

1500 W Raab Road
Normal, IL 61761
Phone: 309-268-8746

Email: johnna.darragh@heartland.edu