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
State early intervention resources
Additional information is available at resources.