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

Minnesota's Help Me Grow is part of the Minnesota Department of Health.

Eligibility criteria for early intervention services

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

  • Developmental delay of 1.5 standard deviations or more in a developmental area
  • Diagnosed physical or mental condition or disorder with a high probability of resulting in a delay

For more details, see eligibility criteria or call 651-201-3641.

Number of children served

Minnesota reported 19,492 infants and toddlers served for the 2012 child count.

Support service structure

Help Me Grow utilizes a network of local providers that coordinate early intervention services for families.

Initial family contact

Families may contact Help Me Grow at 866-693-4769 or complete the online referral form.

Services for at-risk children

Local service teams will be able to provide information about available resources for families with children who are not eligible for early intervention services. Families may also contact the parent training and information centers listed below.

Family cost participation

Core services are provided at no cost to families. Public or private insurance may be accessed under certain conditions.

Insurance coverage for autism spectrum disorder services

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

Parent training and information center

The Pacer Center is Minnesota's statewide parent training and information center. Additional support for the St. Paul area is provided by discapacitados abriendose caminos.

Early childhood school services information

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

Minnesota Department of Education
Phone: 651-582-8473

State early intervention resources

Additional information and resources are available at family resources.

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