Early Intervention Birth-3 years old

What is Early Intervention?

The Early Intervention Program (EIP) is a public program for infants and toddlers with special needs. Children with diagnosed conditions that lead to developmental delays (such as Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, autism, etc.) are eligible for the EIP. Children with no diagnosis who have delays in development may be eligible for the EIP if their delays are serious enough.


What should I do if I suspect my child (birth-3 years of age has a delay?

If you have concerns about your child’s development, you can call the Early Intervention Program at 311 to refer your child  if you live in NYC. Someone else can help you make the referral to the Early Intervention Program if you wish. If your child is found to be eligible for services by an approved evaluator with a contract, in collaboration with, you the parent  and authorized by the county, a plan to help your child – and your family will be made.
Early intervention services in your plan and authorized by NYC are provided at no cost to you. The county will arrange for the services to be provided and will choose the provider based on the needs of your child and family. Your child’s health insurance may be used to cover some of the costs. All other costs for EIP services are paid for by your county and New York State.
Early intervention services are provided where it’s best for the child - in places such as your home, day care, or other community settings. The EIP covers the cost of early intervention services only. The EIP does not pay for day care or other fees charged by community settings.


The Kidz Lounge is approved by New York State and has a contract(s) with Queens county/NYC to provide speech, physical, and occupational therapy early intervention services