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

Nebraska's Early Development Network, Babies Can't Wait is a collaboration of the Nebraska departments of education and 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 two standard deviations in one developmental area
  • Developmental delay of at least 1.3 standard deviations in two or more areas
  • Physical or medical condition that has a high probability of resulting in developmental delay

Contact Early Development Network at 402-471-2471 for more information.

Number of children served

Nebraska reported 1,485 infants and toddlers served for its 2012 child count.

Support service structure

A network of early childhood planning region teams coordinates local early intervention services.

Initial family contact

Families may contact Early Development Network at 402-471-2471 or 888-806-6287 or the regional team serving their area.

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 insurance may be accessed under certain conditions.

Insurance coverage for autism spectrum disorder services

Nebraska has not enacted legislation related to insurance coverage specifically for autism spectrum disorder-related services.

Parent training and information center

Nebraska's parent training and information center is PTI Nebraska.

Early childhood school services information

Information regarding education services for children 3 through 5 years of age is available from the local school district, the regional teams and the parent training and information center listed above. Additional information is available at early childhood education or by contacting:

Nebraska Department of Education
Phone: 402-471-4319

State early intervention resources

Additional information and resources are available at early intervention resources.

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