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 Connecticut Birth to Three System is part of the Connecticut Department of Developmental Services.

Eligibility criteria for early intervention services

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

  • Developmental delay of two standard deviations in one developmental area
  • Developmental delay of 1.5 standard deviations in two or more areas
  • Medical condition that is expected to lead to a developmental delay

See eligibility information for more information.

Number of children served

Connecticut reported 4,410 infants and toddlers served for the 2012 child count.

Support service structure

The Connecticut Birth to Three System monitors and supports a network of local providers.

Initial family contact

Families may contact the child development info line at 800-505-7000.

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 listed below or the info line at 800-505-7000.

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 details are available at parent fees.

Insurance coverage for autism spectrum disorder services

Connecticut enacted legislation related to insurance coverage specifically for autism spectrum disorder-related services. See Connecticut insurance for more details.

Parent training and information center

The Connecticut Parent Advocacy Center is Connecticut's statewide 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 and the parent training and information centers listed above. Additional information is available from early childhood education or:

Connecticut Department of Education
Phone: 860-713-6941

State early intervention resources

A comprehensive listing of early intervention resources is provided at resources.

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