The Philadelphia Infant Toddler Early Intervention Program is an entitlement program for infants and toddlers between the ages of birth to 3 years of age. Anyone can make a referral to Early Intervention. All referred children will receive a developmental assessment, and many will also receive a multidisciplinary evaluation. All eligible children will be assigned a service coordinator, and all Early Intervention Services are delivered at no cost to the family.
What You Need
The following information is needed in order to make a referral to the Infant Toddler Early Intervention program:
- child’s first and last name
- parent’s first and last name
- parent’s address and phone number
- child’s date of birth
- child’s gender
- the medical assistance number (if receiving MA)
- and the child’s Social Security number (if known)
Regular Developmental Screening
Children who are evaluated and determined not eligible for services may be eligible for at-risk tracking if they meet the following criteria:
- birth weight under 3.3 pounds
- NICU graduate
- elevated blood lead level
- referral from the City of Philadelphia Department of Human Services
- prenatally exposed to substances
- experiencing homelessness
Children who are followed in the “at-risk” tracking program receive regular developmental screenings until age three. A case will be opened for every child who meets any of the at-risk criteria.
Children who are ages 3-5 that have developmental delays are served in the Preschool Early Intervention Program. In Philadelphia this program is called Elwyn ELS. To make a referral to the Elwyn ELS program call 215-222-8054.
For additional information about IDS’ Philadelphia Infant Toddler Early Intervention Program, please call the program intake line at 215-685-4646 or email Birthto3EI@phila.gov.
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