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Early Intervention:

Helping Children & Parents!


Early Intervention (EI) is a program designed to address the needs of children (ages birth to 3) experiencing delays in one or more areas of their development.

EI services work so all children have positive social relationships, acquire and use knowledge and skills, and take appropriate action to meet their needs. And so all families:

  • understand their children's strengths, abilities and special needs;
  • know their rights and effectively communicate their child's needs;
  • help their children develop and learn;
  • feel they have appropriate social support;
  • are able to access services and activities available to all families in their community.

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EI is personalized to the specific needs of each child and family in the program. Each EI team helps the family to understand the specific needs of their child and to learn new strategies and skills to help the child.

The team of experienced professionals includes: educators, social workers, nurses, physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech therapists, nutritionists and interpreters.

EI services begin with a full assessment of each child's skills in all areas of development.  Following this assessment, goals are developed to address concerns and a child's specific needs.  Families learn new skills and strategies to help their child to develop and learn through everyday play, daily activities, and the family's typical routine. Services occur in the home or other settings where the child typically spends his/her day.

EI also helps families access other services in the community.

There are NO out-of-pocket costs for EI services.

To make a referral or find out more information, please call (English) 401-519-2307 or (En español) (401) 519-2280 or 401-519-2308.

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Brochure Regarding Feeding (PDF)

Brochure Regarding Specialized Groups Offered (PDF)

The latest Family Outcomes Data Report by the RI Parent Information Network found Family Service of RI's Early Intervention program ranked highest by families in helping children to develop and learn.


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EI Links

The Autism Project

Bright Stars

Down Syndrome Society

National Center for Infants,

Toddlers and Families

National Organization for Rare Diseases

RI Early Learning & Development Center

RI Parent Information Network