New Hampshire

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

New Hampshire's early intervention program is part of Family Centered Early Supports & Services, located within the New Hampshire Department 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 33 percent or more in one or more developmental areas
  • Diagnosed physical or mental condition that has a high probability of resulting in a developmental delay
  • Atypical behaviors or indications of being at-risk for developing a delay

See eligibility criteria for more information.

Number of children served

New Hampshire reported 1,815 infants and toddlers for the 2012 child count.

Support service structure

Early intervention services are provided by a network of regional providers.

Initial family contact

Families may contact their regional provider, the Family Resource Connection or Family Centered Early Supports & Services. Contact information is found at service contacts.

Services for at-risk children

Local service teams will provide information about available resources for parents of children who are not eligible for early intervention services, including the Watch Me Grow program. 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.

Insurance coverage for autism spectrum disorder services

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

Parent training and information center

The Parent Information Center of NH is New Hampshire's 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, the regional teams and the parent training and information center listed above. Additional information is available at early childhood education or by contacting:

New Hampshire Department of Education
Phone: 603-271-2178

State early intervention resources

Additional information and resources are provided at family resources.

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