Early Intervention Central Directory
This directory is to serve as a statewide resource for families, providers, and other interested groups or individuals to access an array of sources, in accordance with Part C Regulations of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).
500.30 Central Directory (Illinois code).
The State is required by Section 632(7) of IDEA and 34 CFR 303.117 to maintain a Central Directory that is accessible to the general public, including persons with disabilities (i.e., through the lead agency's website and other appropriate means) and includes accurate, up-to-date information about:
What is Early Intervention (EI)?
Finding Information and General Help
Illinois Resources for EI
Child and Family Connections (CFC)
The 25 CFC offices serve as the local contacts for the Illinois Early Intervention Program. Call the office in the region where you live to get started.
- Illinois Early Intervention Clearinghouse (EIC)
The Illinois Early Intervention (EI) Clearinghouse identifies and collects research-based and best-practice early intervention information to share with families.
- Division of Specialized Care for Children
Established in 1937, and administered by the University of Illinois at Chicago, the Division of Specialized Care for Children (DSCC) is the Illinois Title V agency that provides care coordination for families and children with special health care needs. DSCC, governed by Administrative Rules, helps children with disabilities, and those who have conditions which may lead to disabilities, grow and develop to the full extent of their abilities.
- Early Intervention Training Program (EITP)
EITP provides training opportunities for early intervention professionals in Illinois.
- Provider Connections
Provider Connections is contracted by the Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) Bureau of Early Intervention to credential, enroll, and provide technical support to EI providers
- Illinois Early Intervention Central Billing Office (CBO)
Oversees the payment of Early Intervention services in the state of Illinois.
- Monitoring- Early Intervention Monitoring Program (EITAM)
The EITAM ensures that state and federal regulations regarding the delivery of Early Intervention services to infants and toddlers under the age of three are met.
- Local Interagency Councils (LICs)
LICs emphasize planning at the local level to identify and coordinate all resources and services available within each CFC local service area. LICs are coordinated by the CFC offices.
- Illinois Assistive Technology Program
IATP’s mission is to increase access to and the acquisition of Assistive Technology (AT) devices and services for individuals of all ages with disabilities.
- All Kids: Healthcare for All Kids (DHS)
The All Kids program offers Illinois uninsured children comprehensive healthcare that includes doctors visits, hospital stays, prescription drugs, vision care, dental care and medical devices like eyeglasses and asthma inhalers
State and Federal Information related to EI
- 89 IL Admin Code 500 (Rule 500)
89 IL Admin Code 500 is more commonly referred to as "Rule 500" and it provides the operational rules for the Illinois Early Intervention System.
- Office of Special Education Programs
The Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) is dedicated to improving results for infants, toddlers, children and youth with disabilities ages birth through 21 by providing leadership and financial support to assist states and local districts. OSEP administers the Individuals With Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)
Professional Associations and Organizations
State Professional Associations
- Illinois Association of Infant Mental Health (ILAIMH)
ILAIMH is a membership organization of diverse professionals working with infants, toddlers and their families. Members come from the fields of education, social work, psychology, medicine, academia, public policy, child development, physical and occupational therapy, and other allied disciplines
- Illinois Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics (ICAAP)
ICAAP is an organization that advocates on behalf of children, families, and health professionals in Illinois.
- Gateways to Opportunity Illinois Job Board
The Illinois Job Board provides an opportunity for early care and education, school-age, and youth development organizations to post job openings in Illinois. The Illinois Job Board provides professionals and those interested in careers in early care and education, school-age, and youth development with specific information about related jobs in Illinois and the qualifications needed.
- Illinois Child Find Project
This Child Find Project Website was created to offer information and resources related to the earliest possible identification of young children and their families who may benefit from early intervention and special education services.
- Illinois Division of Early Childhood (IDEC)
The Illinois Subdivision of the Division of Early Childhood (DEC) of the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) is dedicated to promoting parent-professional collaboration, to advocating for policy, planning and best practice in prevention and intervention, and to supporting those who work with or on behalf of infants and young children with special needs and their families by promoting collaboration and communication among organizations, practitioners and family members, innovations in research and the development of new knowledge, dissemination and use of information about research, resources, best practices, and current issues, and professional development through an array of activities and strategies.
- Illinois Developmental Therapy Association (IDTA)
The mission and purpose of the Illinois Developmental Therapy Association is to provide the highest quality services to children with disabilities and delays and their families through promoting and supporting the interests of Developmental Therapists.
- Illinois Early Learning Project
The Illinois Early Learning Project Web site is a source of evidence-based, reliable information on early care and education for parents, caregivers, and teachers of young children in Illinois.
- Illinois Occupational Therapy Association (IOTA)
The Illinois Occupational Therapy Association (ILOTA) is the official representative of the occupational therapy profession in the State of Illinois. This website aims to provide information for ILOTA members, advertisers, occupational therapists and occupational therapy assistants, students, and consumers.
- Illinois Physical Therapy Association (IPTA)
The mission of the Illinois Physical Therapy Association is to empower its members to advance ethical and professional best practice of physical therapy. This website is designed to provide professional information and information about the practice of physical therapy in Illinois to physical therapists and physical therapist assistants.
- Illinois Speech Language Hearing Association (ISHA)
ISHA's Mission is to support and advocate for speech-language pathologists, audiologists, and the individuals they serve with communication, hearing, and swallowing disorders.
- Instructional Podcasts on Credential and CBO Applications
Provider Connections has developed video podcast(s) related to the Early Intervention credentialing and enrollment process. These podcast(s) are intended to assist providers in completing the application(s) necessary to become either credentialed and/or enrolled as to provide services in the Illinois Early Intervention System.
- Resource Modules (Illinois Early Intervention System)
Online learning modules available as a resource to individuals wanting to find out more information about the components of the Early Intervention System in Illinois.
- STARNET Regional Offices
Provides training, consultation, and resources to the early childhood community in Illinois.
National Professional Associations and Organizations
- American Association for Home-based Early Interventionists (AAHBEI)
This Website contains information about the organization on its home page but none of the links take you to their other pages such as join, contact, login, memberships, etc.
- American Academy of Pediatrics
A professional association for pediatricians. Resources on the health and development of young children specifically for pediatricians but also families and other professionals.
The American Academy of Pediatrics
141 Northwest Point Boulevard
Elk Grove Village, IL 60007-1098
800/433-9016 (toll-free tel)
- American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA)
Professional association for occupational therapists. Multiple resources for professionals.
4720 Montgomery Ln Ste 200
Bethesda, MD 20814-3449
- American Physical Therapy Association (APTA)
Professional association for physical therapist. Multiple resources for professionals.
703-684-2782 or 800-999-2782
1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA 22314-1488
- American Speech and Hearing Association (ASHA)
Professional association for speech-language pathologists and audiologists. Multiple resources for professionals.
Members: 800-498-2071; Non-Member: 800-638-8255
- Division for Early Childhood of the Council for Exceptional Children (DEC)
Professional association for those who work with or on behalf of young children with developmental delays or disabilities. Multiple resources for professionals.
3415 S Sepulveda Blvd., Suite 1100
Los Angeles, CA, 90034
- Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center The Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center is funded by the Office of Special Education Programs to improve state early intervention and early childhood special education service systems, increase the implementation of effective practices, and enhance the outcomes of these programs for young children and their families.
- NICHCY (Available until September 30, 2014)
- ZERO TO THREE
Research and Demonstration Projects
- AIM To Be Ahead Grant
An Interdisciplinary Model To Offer Babies Early Auditory Habilitation, Education, and Development
Illinois State University
College of Education
Campus Box 5300
Normal, Il 61790-5300
This one-year, five-course sequence of study is aimed at increasing the number of personnel qualified to provide early intervention for Illinois children who are deaf and hard of hearing. Upon completion, candidates will have earned a Deaf and Hard of Hearing Listening and Spoken Language Professional graduate certificate from Illinois State University as well as having completed the necessary core knowledge competency areas needed to apply for the early intervention credential in Illinois.
- PCRP Project
Preparing Culturally Responsive Early Intervention & Early Childhood Special Education Personnel
University of Illinois
College of Education
Department of Special Education
288 Education Building
1310 S. 6th St
Champaign, IL 61820
The Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE) program in the Department of Special Education at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has been awarded a federal grant (PCRP Project) to fund students interested in earning a master's degree, with an emphasis on working with young children, ages birth to six, with disabilities and their families. The focus of this master’s degree program is to prepare personnel who have expertise in young children’s social-emotional development as a foundation for providing culturally responsive and evidence-based services. This is a 2 year full-time master’s program on the Champaign-Urbana campus.
- Autism Spectrum Institute
Illinois State University
Uptown Crossing – Suite A, Normal, IL 61761
The Autism Spectrum Institute provides support to preservice and practicing professionals as well as parents, families, and youth with autism spectrum disorders. Through practical, “hands-on” outcome-based instruction, the institute teaches speech language, special education, and educational psychology professionals the skills they need to meet the needs of individuals with autism spectrum and related behavioral disorders (ASD).
- Center for Reading and Literacy
Illinois State University
DeGarmo Hall 310, Normal, IL 61790
The Center for Reading and Literacy is a forum developed by the faculty of Illinois State University. It shares literary research and collaborates with those on campus, the community, other schools, and all Illinois residents. Research topics include children’s literature, reading difficulties, English language learning/bilingual literacies, and assessment. The Center for Reading and Literacy also provides consulting services for parents and children as well.
- Early Mathematics Education Project
451 N. LaSalle St., Chicago, IL 60654
The Early Mathematics Education Project was founded to develop teachers who know how to recognize foundational mathematical thinking —even in the scribbles of a preschoolers—and build upon it. The project studies how foundational mathematics knowledge develops among young children as well as what math teaching practices are most effective and what professional development practices are most effective in helping teachers improve their math teaching.
- McCormick Center for Early Childhood Leadership
National Louis University
6200 Capitol Drive, Wheeling, IL 60090
(800) 443-5522, ext. 5233
The McCormick Center for Early Childhood Leadership consists of different studies and findings conducted by the center ’s faculty. There are multiple research studies on various topics, and the purpose of these studies is to build and enhance knowledge on important workforce and professional developmental issues within early childhood and education. Through this research, it hopes to provide data to policy makers and those involved in early childhood to make informed decisions about early childhood policies and practices.