Early Intervention (EI) is a program in New York State that provides services to infants and toddlers with disabilities or developmental delays and their families. The goal of EI is to help children reach their full potential and participate fully in family and community life.
In New York City, the Early Intervention Program serves children from birth to 3 years of age who have been identified as having a disability or developmental delay. The program is administered by the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) and is funded by the New York State Department of Health.
According to data from the DOHMH, in 2021 there were approximately 53,000 children enrolled in the Early Intervention Program in New York City. Of these children, about 46% were male and 54% were female. The top disabilities or developmental delays among children enrolled in the program were developmental delay (38%), speech/language delay (24%), and cerebral palsy (9%).
In 2021, there were approximately 8,500 children enrolled in the Early Intervention Program in the Bronx.
Families in NYC who are concerned about their child's development can contact the DOHMH to learn more about the Early Intervention Program and to find out if their child is eligible for services. The DOHMH offers a range of services to support the development of children with disabilities or developmental delays, including speech and language therapy, occupational therapy, physical therapy, and nutrition services. See links below for more information and resources.
- Eligibility for the EIP can be determined only by State-approved evaluators under contract with the municipality.
- If a child is found eligible for the EIP, all needed early intervention services are identified in collaboration with the parent and must be authorized by the municipality.
- The municipality will arrange for service providers, considering the individual needs of the child and family, to deliver services authorized by the municipality (see listing of offices and contact information below).
- If early intervention services are delivered in child care settings or community locations that require a fee, the parent is responsible for paying any associated costs with such access to child care or community locations. (TICP is a no-cost center-based program)
If you have a concern about a child’s development, the Early Intervention Program can help by providing a free evaluation to find out if the child is eligible for our services.
This video provides an overview of the New York State Early Intervention Program – how to refer a child, the evaluation and eligibility process, and service planning and delivery.
Center Based Programming (Coming to the Bronx January 2024)
Our Bronx-based Early Intervention center will provide neruodiverse children of the Bronx with:
Home Based Programming (Coming to the Bronx February 2024)
Our home-based Early Intervention program will provide families of neruodiverse children of the Bronx with:
The Text 2 Families service from NYC helps families get the most out of their experience in the Early Intervention Program.
When you sign up, they will ask for some information so we can send you custom messages specific to your child’s experience.
You will receive about four messages per month.
The service is free, but message and data rates may apply. Participation is voluntary and texts are confidential.
To sign up for Text 2 families, text “EI” to 877-877. To stop receiving messages, text us “STOP”.
The Early Intervention Program helps young children (birth to 3 years) who are not learning, playing, growing, talking or walking like other children their age. The program works with your family to set meaningful goals for your child and create a service plan to help your child and your family meet those goals.
The New York State Early Intervention Program (EIP) is part of the national Early Intervention Program for infants and toddlers with disabilities and their families. First created by Congress in 1986 under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), the EIP is administered by the New York State Department of Health through the Bureau of Early Intervention. In New York State, the Early Intervention Program is established in Article 25 of the Public Health Law and has been in effect since July 1, 1993.
NYC Department of Health
and Mental Hygiene
Gotham Center, CN #12
42-09 28th Street, 9th Floor
Long Island City, NY 11101-4132
Phone Number in NYC: Dial 311
If outside NYC: 212-639-9675
(New York County)
42 Broadway, Suite 1611
New York, NY 10004
1309 Fulton Avenue, 5th Floor
Bronx, NY 10456
90-27 Parson Blvd.
Jamaica, New York 11432
16 Court Street, 2nd & 6th Floor
Brooklyn, NY 11241
Referrals Office number: 718-694-6002
135 Canal Street, 2nd Floor
Staten Island, NY 10304