Early Childhood Intervention
Early Childhood Intervention (ECI) Classes: There are elementary schools throughout the county that have an ECI class. The goal of an ECI program is to provide intensive instruction in relatively small classes with a special education teacher, teacher assistant and speech language pathologist. Children have moderate and severe delays and need to focus on basic language and cognitive concepts as building blocks for academic success. The program is 2.5 hours per day and children can attend for as little as two half days per week or as many as five half days. Sessions are held in the morning and afternoon. The parents and educators determine the amount of time that is needed to achieve developmental goals through an Individual Educational Program (IEP). Bus transportation is provided to and from school. Many schools with an ECI class also have a pre-K class; these co-located classes provide opportunity for integration of children between ECI and pre-K. For more information contact the Early Childhood Intervention Specialists.
LOCATE: Enhanced Special Needs Services is a free service to assist parents in locating licensed child care programs for children with special needs. Call 1 800 999-0120, TDD: 410 385-1042 Monday through Friday 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.