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

Maine's Child Development Services is part of the Maine Department of Education.

Eligibility criteria for early intervention services

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

  • Developmental delay of at least 1.5 standard deviations in two or more developmental areas
  • At least two standard deviations in one of the five developmental areas
  • Diagnosed physical or mental condition with a high probability of resulting in developmental delay

For more details see eligibility criteria (Page 71).

Number of children served

Maine reported 953 infants and toddlers served for the 2012 child count.

Support service structure

Child Development Services has nine regional offices that coordinate local early intervention services.

Initial family contact

Families may contact the regional office that serves their area or the state Child Development Services office at 207-624-6600.

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. However, Child Development Services is in the process of developing a fee system so families should check with their regional office for updated information.

Insurance coverage for autism spectrum disorder services

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

Parent training and information center

The Maine Parent Federation is Maine'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, the regional Child Development Services offices and the parent training and information center listed above. Additional information is available at early childhood education or by contacting Child Development Services at 207-624-6660.

State early intervention resources

Additional information and resources are provided at central directory.

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