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 Infant and Toddler Connection of Virginia is part of the Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services.

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
  • Atypical development or behavior
  • Physical or mental condition with a high probability of resulting in a developmental delay

For more details, see eligibility criteria.

Number of children served

Virginia reported 8,267 infants and toddlers for the 2012 Child Count.

Support service structure

A network of central point of entry offices coordinates local early intervention services. In Virginia, families of children who are or will be 2 years old by September 30 and are eligible for early intervention services may choose to receive special education services from the local school district.

Initial family contact

Families may contact the central point of entry for their location or call the Infant and Toddler Connection of Virginia office 800-234-1448.

Services for at-risk children

Local service teams will provide information on available resources for families with children who are not eligible for early intervention services. Families may also contact the parent training and information centers listed below.

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. See family cost participation and family cost fee scale for more details.

Insurance coverage for autism spectrum disorder services

Virginia enacted legislation that requires insurers to cover some services for children with autism spectrum disorders. See Virginia insurance for more information.

Parent training and information center

The Parent Educational Advocacy Training Center is Virginia's statewide parent training and information center. Additional support for families in Arlington, Fairfax, Loudoun and Prince William counties and the city of Alexandria is provided by Formed Families Forward.

Early childhood school services information

Information regarding school services for children ages 3 through 5 is available from the local school district, the provider agencies and the parent training and information centers listed above. Additional information is available at early childhood education or by contacting:

Virginia Department of Education
Phone: 804-225-2675

State early intervention resources

Additional information is available at resources.

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