Early Childhood Intervention Services
Early Childhood Intervention (ECI) is a service provided for families of children (birth to three years of age) with developmental delays, disabilities, or certain medical diagnoses that could impact the child's development. This service is provided at no cost to the family, as part of the federal Family Infant Toddler (FIT) Program. Zia's ECI professionals support families in meeting their child's developmental and health-related needs by giving families ideas and suggestions for activities that reinforce their child's development during the family's daily routines and activities.
Individualized Family Service Plans (IFSPs) are developed in collaboration with the family and Zia's ECI professionals to identify goals and strategies to meet these goals. Furthermore, IFSPs also include descriptions of the supports and services the family will receive from Zia's ECI professionals. Each family is assigned a Family Service Coordinator to insure all services are being provided and to help families access other services and learn how to advocate for their child. In addition, the family and family's team will determine who will be the lead provider of services for their child.
Once an IFSP is established, services can be provided in any setting where the child spends his or her day, including the family home, child care facility, or other community setting.
Services available through Early Childhood Intervention
Developmental Screenings (birth - 3yrs)
Speech & Language Evaluations & Therapy
Physical Evaluations & Therapy
Occupational Evaluations & Therapy
Nutritional Assessments & Services
Functional Vision Services
Referral Sources for Early Childhood Intervention include: