North Carolina

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

The North Carolina Infant-Toddler Program is part of the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services.

Eligibility criteria for early intervention services

Children under the age of 3 may be eligible if they have:

  • Developmental delay of 30 percent or two standard deviations in at least one developmental area
  • Developmental delay of 25 percent or 1.5 standard deviations in at least two areas of development
  • Physical or mental condition with a high probability of resulting in developmental delay

See eligibility criteria for more information.

Number of children served

North Carolina reported 10,206 infants and toddlers for the 2012 child count.

Support service structure

A network of Children's Developmental Service Agencies coordinates early intervention services. The Family Support Network provides information and resources to families.

Initial family contact

Families may contact the Child Development Service Agency serving their location or call 919-707-5520.

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 centers listed below or the Family Support Network of North Carolina.

Family Cost Participation

Families meeting certain income guidelines may be asked to pay a fee for some services. Public and private insurance may be accessed under certain conditions. More information is provided at family cost.

Insurance coverage for autism spectrum disorder services

North Carolina has not enacted legislation related to insurance coverage specifically for autism spectrum disorder-related services.

Parent training and information center

The Exceptional Children's Assistance Center is North Carolina's statewide parent training and information center. Additional support is provided by the Hope Parent Resource Center for Catawba, Caldwell, Alexander, Burke and McDowell counties, and by FIRST Parent Center for Buncombe, Henderson and Madison counties.

Early childhood school services information

Information about school services for children ages 3 through 5 is available from the local school district and the local Child Development Service Agency. Additional information is available at early childhood education or by contacting:

Public Schools of North Carolina
Phone: 919-855-6855

State early intervention resources

Additional information and resources are available at resource directory and early intervention resources.

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