Help for infants and toddlers with disabilities

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

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The Early Intervention Program helps young children (birth to 3 years) who have learning disabilities and developmental delays (not learning, playing, growing, talking, or walking like other children their age). The program works with families to set meaningful goals for the child and create a service plan to help the child and family meet those goals.

  • EIP is available to all families in New York City regardless of income or immigration status.
  • There is no cost to families. Your health insurance, including Medicaid, may be used to pay for Early Intervention services, at no direct cost to you or impact on health benefits.
  • If the child is 2 years and 11 months or older, you can call 311 to find out if your child can be referred to the program.
  • Children may leave the program at any time, but around the time a child turns two, families and their EIP team will start working on a plan for the family’s next steps after leaving our program.
  • Once the child turns three years old, they may be eligible for preschool special education services provided by the Committee on Preschool Special Education through the Department of Education.
  • If your child is not eligible, and is younger than three, you can enroll them in Early Intervention Developmental Monitoring. This free monitoring program will show you if your child is meeting the goals that are expected for their age. It is available for any family who thinks their child is at risk of having a developmental delay.

Who is eligible

To be eligible for EIP your child must:

  • Live in New York City.
  • Be three years old or younger.
  • Be evaluated. Program staff will help you choose an evaluating agency.

How to apply

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

How to get help

  • Call 311 and ask for information on the Early Intervention Program.
  • Visit the Early Intervention program website for more information.
  • Text EI to 877877 or “TEMPRANA” for Spanish (“TEMPRANA” en Espanol) to sign up for Text to Families
  • Learn about milestones on Growing Up NYC to help you understand your baby’s development, and act early if you have concerns.

The Office of Consumer Affairs helps families and community partners by providing additional information and addressing concerns about Early Intervention services.

Contact the Office of Consumer Affairs by emailing [email protected].

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Updated January 11, 2022