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 Illinois Early Intervention Program is part of the Illinois Department of 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 greater in one or more developmental areas
  • A physical or mental condition that has a high probability of resulting in a developmental delay

See eligibility information, starting at Page 6,424 for more information (the current rule is being amended but eligibility criteria not expected to change).

Number of children served

Illinois reported 19,436 infants and toddlers for its 2012 child count.

Support service structure

A network of early intervention providers throughout the state provides early intervention services.

Initial family contact

Families may contact the central office at 217-782-1981, option 1, or one of the providers for information or to make a referral.

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 review the Early Childhood Information Clearinghouse.

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 available at family cost.

Insurance coverage for autism spectrum disorder services

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

Parent training and information center

Family Matters is Illinois' statewide parent training and information center. The Family Resource Center on Disabilities provides support for families in the Chicago metropolitan area.

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 by contacting:

Illinois Department of Education
Phone: 212- 524-4835

State early intervention resources

Additional information and resources are available at central directory.

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