Early Intervention Clearinghouse

Illinois Early Intervention Clearinghouse

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Program ServicesEarly Intervention Program Services

After your child’s eligibility for Illinois Early Intervention Program services has been determined, your service coordinator will guide you through the development of your child’s Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP). Within 45 days of your referral, the IFSP team will meet to develop this plan. You will be part of the IFSP team, along with your service coordinator and the early intervention professionals that evaluated your child. The IFSP outlines the services that your child and family will receive. The plan will include the types and frequency of services, the date that your child will transition out of early intervention services, and the statement or signature of consent.

You may also receive help from a parent liaison—a parent of a child who has already received Illinois Early Intervention Program services. As someone who has been in your shoes, this individual supports you by listening or answering your questions.

Services provided by the Illinois Early Intervention Program include:

  • Assistive technology, such as hearing aids
  • Early identification screening and testing
  • Family training, counseling, and home visits
  • Health services necessary to enable a child to benefit from the other early intervention services
  • Medical services (for diagnostic or evaluation purposes)
  • Nursing services
  • Nutrition services
  • Occupational therapy to develop fine motor skills
  • Physical therapy
  • Psychological services
  • Service coordination
  • Social work services
  • Special instruction/developmental therapy
  • Speech language pathology and audiology services
  • Transportation and related costs
  • Vision services

How services are provided

The Illinois Early Intervention Program provides services in several ways.

A therapist may provide direct services through one-on-one interactions with a child and family to provide education, intervention, and environmental support. A therapist will interact with the family at least monthly.

Monitoring involves evaluation and re-evaluation of a child and family’s needs and may include assistance and review of activities for parents or caregivers to do with the child.

Consultation involves the therapist providing training, evaluation, or assistance regarding a specific challenge for a child.

Who provides services

Services are provided by qualified personnel including:

  • Special educators (developmental therapists)
  • Speech/language pathologists and audiologists
  • Occupational therapists
  • Physical therapists
  • Psychologists
  • Social workers
  • Nurses
  • Nutritionists
  • Family therapists
  • Orientation and mobility specialists
  • Pediatricians and other physicians
  • Optometrists

IFSP progress

After your child receives services for 6 months and again after a year, the IFSP team, including you, your service coordinator, and the Illinois Early Intervention Program team serving your child, will review your child’s care, progress, and needs. The IFSP team may meet more frequently if needed or upon your request. After a year, if your child is determined to still be eligible for services, the team will develop a new IFSP.

When your child turns 3

Upon reaching his or her third birthday, your child no longer will be eligible for Illinois Early Intervention Program services. For this reason, your service coordinator will begin to help you with transition planning at least 6 months in advance.

A common transition is moving from the Illinois Early Intervention Program to a program for 3- to 5-year-old children, such as a preschool, Head Start program, Preschool for All classroom, or an early childhood program offered by your school district.

See also:

  • The Illinois Early Intervention Program: A Guide for Families (March 2011)
    English | Spanish

See also...

CFC offices

Find the Child and Family Connections (CFC) office serving your county or zip code. 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.

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Who we are...

The Illinois Early Intervention Clearinghouse is operated by the Early Childhood and Parenting (ECAP) Collaborative at the University of Illinois. The EI Clearinghouse is funded by the Illinois Department of Human Services.

The Illinois Early Intervention (EI) Program provides a collection of services for families of children from birth to age 3 who have disabilities or developmental delays or who are at risk of having developmental delays. Families are the key to successful early intervention. Our mission is to provide families with the information they need to support their children's growth and development.


The EI Clearinghouse Web site provides families with access to an extensive early intervention library collection of books, videos, and journals. Some materials are available in Spanish as well as English.

The Web site also contains a newsletter for parents and links to other early intervention information intended for families.

EI professionals: We provide a list of videos approved for CEU credit as well as our library collection. Visit the Web sites of Provider Connections, the statewide network of (Child and Family Connections) CFC offices, and the Illinois EI Training Program.

Contact Us...

Illinois Early Intervention Clearinghouse
Early Childhood and Parenting Collaborative
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Children’s Research Center, Room 20
51 Gerty Drive
Champaign, IL 61820-7469

Toll free: (877) 275-3227
Local: (217) 333-1386

Hours: Monday - Friday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Closed on UI Campus Holidays

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The information provided on this Web site is not intended to take the place of either the written law or regulations. The opinions, resources, and links provided on the Web site are intended for information purposes only and are not intended to take the place of medical or legal advice, or of other appropriate services.

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Early Childhood and Parenting Collaborative

Illinois Early Intervention Clearinghouse
(877) 275-3227