Early help for infants & toddlers

The Early Intervention Program (EIP) | NYC Department of Health & Mental Hygiene

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Because of the COVID-19 outbreak, some programs are limiting services or offering them over the phone. For the most up-to-date information, please contact programs directly using the information below. To learn more about support for COVID-19 impacts, visit our Coronavirus Updates page

If you have concerns about your child’s development, the Early Intervention Program (EIP) can help. EIP supports families with children ages birth to three who have disabilities or developmental delays. Professionals work with families to create a service plan that meets their needs. The program is free and is available to all New York families regardless of income or immigration status.


To be eligible for EIP your child must:

  • Live in NYC.
  • Be three years old or younger.
  • Have a diagnosed physical or mental condition that is likely to result in a developmental delay; or are suspected of having a developmental delay or disability.
  • Be evaluated. Program staff will help you choose an evaluating agency.


Anyone can refer a child up to age three for EIP. To refer a child, you can:

  • Call 311 and say that you want to refer a child to EIP
  • Fill out a referral form and fax it to your EIP regional office (listed on the form)


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Updated March 31, 2020