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.
- Information on Early Intervention Services is available from the Illinois Department of Human Services. Spanish version.
- "A Family's Introduction to Early Intervention" (PDF) is available from the Illinois Early Intervention Clearinghouse. Spanish version (PDF).
- Parent Particiaption in Early Intervention is available from the Center for Parent Information and Resources.
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.