WHAT IS EARLY INTERVENTION? Early Intervention is a voluntary program that offers coordinated services to parents of infants and toddlers with disabilities or developmental delays. Early Intervention communicates with parents, doctors, hospitals, child care providers and other community agencies to identify children with existing developmental delays or those with medical diagnoses with a high probability of resulting in a delay. Infants or toddlers are evaluated using appropriate diagnostic tools by an interdisciplinary team at absolutely no cost to the family. If needed, individualized services are provided to the child and family through a Service Coordinator who guides the family through every aspect of the process, from program entry until the child transitions out by age three.
WHAT IS HELP ME GROW HOME VISITING? Home Visitation is a voluntary program that serves expectant mothers and new mothers by providing information, support, and encouragement. Home visitors educate parents about the importance of the early years of a child’s life through high quality and evidence based home visiting services. The program creates a strong foundation for future achievements by supporting positive interaction with children in a stable and stimulating environment.
WHAT HAPPENS AFTER A CHILD IS REFERRED? After a referral is made the intake specialist will contact the parents to gain pertinent information and to schedule the family for an intake visit with a service coordinator or home visitor. The intake process is conducted in the family’s home or a different setting that is convenient to the family.
HOW LONG CAN A FAMILY RECEIVE SERVICES THROUGH HOME VISITING OR EARLY INTERVENTION? A child can remain in Home Visiting and/or Early Intervention until they turn 3 years of age.
HOW IS YOUR AGENCY FUNDED? Fairfield County Help Me Grow Home Visiting is funded by the Ohio Department of Health/Federal Government and is administered through Lancaster-Fairfield Community Action. Early Intervention is funded through the Department of Developmental Disabilities/Federal Government and is administered through the Fairfield County Family, Adult & Children First Council.