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

Delaware's Child Development Watch is part of the Department of Health and Social Services.

Eligibility criteria for early intervention services

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

  • Developmental delay of 25 percent or 1.75 standard deviations in one or more developmental areas
  • Established condition with a high probability of developmental delay

See eligibility information for more information.

Number of children served

Delaware reported 3,013 infants and toddlers served for the 2012 child count.

Support service structure

The Child Development Watch System has two offices which coordinate early intervention services in Delaware's three counties.

Initial family contact

Families should contact the Child Development Watch office serving their county:

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.

Family cost participation

Families are not required to pay for services. Public or private insurance may be accessed under certain conditions.

Insurance coverage for autism spectrum disorder services

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

Parent training and information center

The Parent Information Center of Delaware is Delaware'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 and the parent training and information centers listed above. Additional information is available at early childhood education or:

Delaware Department of Education
Phone: 302-735-4295

State early intervention resources

More information and resources describing early intervention services in Delaware are available at publications.

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