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Early Intervention for Families


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Families play a critical role in early intervention. Early intervention services help eligible children ages birth to 3 develop and learn. Early intervention services support families to help their child's healthy development.

Watch the three-minute ESIT Guiding Concepts video that summarizes the foundational principals of early intervention.

I am concerned about my child’s development. Who do I contact to get help for my child?

  • Watch Please Ask, a three-minute video that shows the importance of referring infants and toddlers to early intervention.
  • To learn about typical development, read the birth-to-6 pre-screening chart in English or Spanish
  • Call the Family Health Hotline at 1-800-322-2588: This statewide, toll-free number offers help in English, Spanish and other languages.

Learn more about early intervention in Washington

In Washington, early intervention services are organized by geographic area. Find the Lead Family Resources Coordinator in your county for information about early intervention services.

Resources in the community

Center for Children with Special Needs
An information source for families and professionals. Focused on children and youth with special health needs who have physical, developmental, behavioral or emotional conditions. 

Parent to Parent
Support and information for families of children with developmental disabilities.

Washington State Fathers Network
Support and information for fathers and families of children with special needs.

Washington Partnerships for Action Voices for Empowerment (PAVE)
Information and resources with people whose lives are linked to children and adults with disabilities.

Department of Health Early Hearing Loss publications
Department of Health publications about early hearing loss for families.

Washington Hands and Voices
Supporting families with children who are deaf, deaf-blind or hard of hearing by providing families with resources, networks, and information needed to improve communication and educational outcomes for their children.

Family to Family Health Information Center
Working to achieve family-centered care for all children and youth with special health care needs and/or disabilities.

Zero to Three
Provides information, training, and support for professionals, policymakers, and parents in their efforts to improve the lives of infants and toddlers.

Washington Health Benefit Exchange
As part of national health care reform, the Washington Health Benefit Exchange is creating Washington Healthplanfinder, an online marketplace for individuals, families and small businesses in Washington to compare and enroll in quality health insurance plans and access important cost savings. Open enrollment starts October 1, 2013.