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Early Intervention and Special Education 

Illinois' Early Intervention program's mission is to assure that families who have infants and toddlers, birth to three, with diagnosed disabilities, developmental delays or substantial risk of significant delays receive resources and supports that assist them in maximizing their child's development, while respecting the diversity of families and communities.

Early childhood special education services for children, three through five years of age and their families, are provided through local school districts and special education cooperatives.

Professionals with training and expertise in special education services implement the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), Part B, by supporting the educational needs of young children and families. Early childhood special education professionals and related services personnel provide specialized educational services to children with disabilities in a variety of settings such as early childhood, preschool, child care, prekindergarten/Preschool for All, Head Start and other early childhood settings to meet the developmental learning needs of these children. In addition, families and early childhood providers may request information about appropriate expectations for children’s development.

Early Intervention

Illinois Early Intervention Clearinghouse

Illinois Interagency Council on Early Intervention

Fact Sheet

How to Apply

Use the DHS Office Locator to find the Early Intervention office in your local area.

Call 1-800-447-6404 (Voice/TTY).

For automated service call 1-800-323-GROW (4769).

Early Intervention (EI) to Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE) Transition