New York State Early Intervention Information
If you have concerns about your child’s development, you can call Rockland County Early Intervention Program at (845) 364-2032 to refer your child. Someone else can help you make the referral to Early Intervention of you wish. If your child is found eligible for services by someone approved to perform the evaluation, you, Rockland County staff, and other team members will make a plan to help your child-and your family.
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 foe the EIP if their delays are serious enough.
Early intervention services in your plan and authorized by the county are provided at no cost to you. The county will arrange for the services to be provided and will choose the provider based upon 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 your 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 for community settings.
Small Steps is approved by New York State and has a contract with Rockland County to provide the following early intervention services:
Multidisciplinary evaluations (special education, physical therapy, speech therapy, occupational therapy, psychological, vision)
Physical therapy services
Occupational therapy services
Special instruction services
Vision therapy services
Services in English/Spanish