EI FAQs

Special Education

 

HOW DOES MY CHILD BEGIN TO RECEIVE SERVICES?

Parents and guardians, agency personnel, preschools, day care providers, and medical practitioners may refer a child for screening and evaluation to determine if Preschool Special Education Services are needed to support learning.

WHO PAYS FOR EARLY INTERVENTION?

The services your child may receive through the Early Intervention Program are paid for by the state and federal funds and is provided at no cost to families. For more information about the Early Intervention (EI) Program go to www.eita-pa.org/information-and-resources-for-families.

WHAT ARE MY CHILD’S RIGHTS?

If your child is found eligible for special education services, eligibility continues until a re-evaluation determines that the child no longer needs special education.

Eligible students have rights under special education law. Those rights ensure that the students who need special education services will continue to receive them as they progress through public school.

For detailed information on your child’s rights, download the Early Intervention Procedural Safeguards Notice or call the Bureau of Early Intervention Services at 1-717-346-9320 or CONNECT (information Service for Early Intervention) 1-800-682-7288

View Procedural Safeguards Document (English)

View Procedural Safeguards Document (Spanish)

 

HOW ARE SERVICES DELIVERED?

Once an evaluation is completed, the child study team reviews the evaluation and determines the best options for your child.

  • Early Childhood Special Education Environment (Classrooms)

The child study team may suggest that your child receive services in a specialized setting. The NEIU 19 Early Intervention Program has 10 classrooms within the Lackawanna and Susquehanna Counties

  • Early Childhood Environment

If your child is currently attending an early childhood setting and the child study team feels that progress can be made within that environment, it may be suggested that services be delivered within that setting.

  • Early Childhood Environment- Head Start

If your child is currently attending a head start setting and the child study team feels that progress can be made within that environment, it may be suggested that services be delivered within that setting.

  • Part Time Early Childhood Special Education Environment/ Part Time Early Childhood Environment

If your child is currently attending a head start setting and the child study team suggests that your child still attend a special education program, services may be offered in both settings.

  • Itinerant Services Outside the Home

If your child does not currently attend an early childhood setting, the child study team may suggest that services be delivered weekly outside the home in a local community setting

  • Separate Day School

The child study team may suggest that your child receive services in a separate day school program such as Scranton School for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Children (SSD-HHC)

  • Home Environment

Children who are medically fragile or have unique needs/circumstances may be seen in the home environment when/if attending a program outside their home may be more restrictive to their development.

WHAT SERVICES CAN MY CHILD RECEIVE THROUGH EARLY INTERVENTION?

Early Intervention Services may include:
Specialized Instruction
Speech and Language Support
Physical Therapy
Occupational Therapy
Orientation and Mobility
Hearing Support
Vision Support

DOES THE EARLY INTERVENTION PROGRAM PROVIDE TRANSPORTATION?

Transportation is provided to and from the Early Childhood Special Education Environments ONLY. This includes both classroom sessions and group sessions.