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

Massachusetts' Early Intervention program is part of the Executive Office of Health and 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 1.5 standard deviations in one or more developmental areas
  • Diagnosed medical condition with a relatively well known expectation for a developmental delay

See eligibility for more details.

Number of children served

Massachusetts estimated a child count of 16,000 infants and toddlers for 2012.

Support service structure

Massachusetts utilizes a network of local providers to coordinate early intervention services.

Initial family contact

Families may call the statewide central directory at 800-905-8437 or contact the local provider serving their location.

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 Family Ties of Massachusetts for more information.

Family cost participation

Families are not required to pay for services. Public or private insurance may be accessed under certain conditions. Families may contact their local providers or Family Ties of Massachusetts for more information.

Insurance coverage for autism spectrum disorder services

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

Parent training and information center

The Federation for Children with Special Needs is Massachusetts' statewide parent training and information center.

Early childhood school services information

Information about education services for children 3 through 5 years of age is available from the local school district, local service providers and the parent training and information centers listed above. Additional information is available at early education and care or by contacting:

Massachusetts Department of Education
Phone: 781-338-3372

State early intervention resources

Additional information and resources are provided at the Parent Leadership Project.

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