Babies and Toddlers

"Early Intervention is wonderful about providing information about community resources along with fun learning activities and handouts that I can reference between visits."
Jessica, mom

Babies and Toddlers

Helping children and families wherever they choose to live, play, and spend the day.

Ohio Early Intervention provides coordinated services to parents of infants and toddlers with disabilities or developmental delays in Ohio.

Early Intervention is grounded in the philosophy that young children learn best from familiar people in familiar settings. Every family will have a local Early Intervention team that consists of a service coordinator, service providers, and your family. Your team works with you to develop a coordinated plan called an Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP). You and your team will work through your IFSP plan to use your existing supports and resources—and build upon them—to learn to enhance your child’s learning and development.

The Key Principles of Ohio Early Intervention

  • Infants and toddlers learn best through everyday experiences and interactions with familiar people in familiar contexts.
  • All families, with the necessary supports and resources, can enhance their children’s learning and development.
  • The primary role of a service provider in early intervention is to work with and support family members and caregivers in children’s lives.
  • The early intervention process, from initial contacts through transition, must be dynamic and individualized to reflect the child’s and family members’ preferences, learning styles, and cultural beliefs.
  • Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP) outcomes must be functional and based on children’s and families’ needs and family-identified priorities.
  • The family’s priorities, needs, and interests are addressed most appropriately by a primary provider who represents and receives team and community support.
  • Interventions with young children and family members must be based on explicit principles, validated practices, best available research, and relevant laws and regulations.

Anyone can refer a child or family to Early Intervention. Call  800-755-4769  or complete this form.

Eligibility requirements:
A concern with development, certain medical diagnoses, or developmental delay.
Call  800-755-4769 for more information or if you have concerns about how your baby or toddler is developing.

All Early Intervention services are free, voluntary and designed with the family’s concerns and goals in mind.