Early Intervention Program
Serving families of children from birth to three years of age with special needs in Shasta & Tehama counties.
- Comprehensive assessment in all areas of development by a trans-disciplinary team.
- An Individualized Family Service Plan unique to the needs of the child and family.
- Programs for enrolled children and their parents in natural environments designed to meet individual needs.
- Parent education and support meetings.
- Referral to other agencies and services available in the community, as needed, such as Far Northern Regional Center, California Children’s Services and the local Family Resource Center.
- Assessment of needs and transition planning for preschool services at age three.
The Early Intervention Program is staffed by a trans-disciplinary team composed of the child’s parents and professionals working together to plan and provide needed services. Professionals providing direct services include special education teachers, a school psychologist, an occupational therapist, a speech and language pathologist, and a school nurse. Bilingual services are also available.
What is the EIP?
The EIP is a special education program for families of children birth to three years of age who have an identified disability or significant delays in their development.
The goal of the program is to provide families with the information and skills they need to help their children achieve their maximum potential.
The philosophy of the program is that intervention will lessen the impact of the disability on the child and family, as well as enhance the child’s overall development.
Who is Eligible?
Families of children birth to three years of age qualify for services if the child’s development is delayed, or at risk of delay, due to any of the following conditions:
- Impairment in vision, hearing or speech
- Orthopedic condition such as spina bifida or cerebral palsy
- Congenital syndrome such as Down Syndrome
- Seizure disorder or other chronic health problem
- Mental retardation
- Emotional disturbance
Infants and toddlers without a specific diagnosis, who have significant delays in cognition, motor, speech and language, or social-emotional development, may also qualify for services.
How to Obtain Services
A parent or legal guardian may request an evaluation to determine eligibility for services by contacting the Early Intervention Program, Shasta County Office of Education, 410-6088.
Any agency or concerned individual may refer a child with the informed consent of the parent or legal guardian.
The Early Intervention Program is a free service funded by the Shasta and Tehama County Offices of Education.