The information presented below is a brief overview of this state's early intervention service system. Please contact the lead state agency or follow the various links for more detailed information.
Lead agency for early intervention services
Maryland's Early Intervention System is part of the Maryland State Department of Education.
Eligibility criteria for early intervention services
Children under the age of 3 may be eligible if they have:
- Developmental delay of at least 25 percent in one or more developmental areas
- Demonstrate atypical development or behavior which interferes with current development and is likely to result in subsequent delay
- Diagnosed physical or mental condition with a high probability of resulting in developmental delay
The criteria above are taken from draft eligibility definitions (Page 5), which took effect July 1, 2013.
Number of children served
Maryland reported 7,478 infants and toddlers for the 2012 child count.
Support service structure
The state office utilizes 24 local infants and toddlers programs to provide early intervention services.
Initial family contact
Families should contact the infants and toddlers program office that serves their area. Locations and contact information are provided at infants and toddlers programs offices.
Services for at-risk children
Local service teams will provide information on available resources to families with children who are not eligible for early intervention services. Families may also contact the parent training and information center below.
Family cost participation
Families are not required to pay for services. Public insurance may be accessed under certain conditions. Families should contact their local infants and toddlers program for more information.
Insurance coverage for autism spectrum disorder services
Maryland has not enacted legislation related to insurance coverage specifically for autism spectrum disorder-related services.
Parent training and information center
The Parents' Place of Maryland is Maryland's parent training and information center.
Early childhood school services information
Information regarding school services for children ages 3 through 5 is available from the local school district, the infants and toddlers program offices and the parent training and information center listed above. Additional information is available at preschool services or by calling 410-767-0234.
State early intervention resources
Additional information and resources are available at early intervention resources.