New Jersey

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 Jersey's Early Intervention System is part of the State of New Jersey Department of Health.

Eligibility criteria for early intervention services

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

  • Developmental delay of at least two standard deviations in one developmental area
  • Developmental delay of 1.5 standard deviations in two or more areas
  • Physical or mental condition that has a high probability of resulting in developmental delay

See eligibility for more information.

Number of children served

New Jersey reported 10,066 infants and toddlers for the 2012 child count.

Support service structure

Early intervention services are provided through a network of county-based Case Management Units.

Initial family contact

Families may call the statewide referral line at 888-653-4463 or contact the Case Management Unit for their locale.

Services for at-risk children

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

Family cost participation

Families meeting certain income guidelines may be asked to pay a fee for some services. Public and private insurance may be accessed under certain conditions. See family cost for more details.

Insurance coverage for autism spectrum disorder services

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

Parent training and information center

The Statewide Parent Advocacy Network is New Jersey's statewide parent training and information center, while the Association for Special Children and Families supports families in northern Passaic County.

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 county teams and the parent training and information centers listed above. Additional information is available at early childhood education or by contacting:

New Jersey Department of Education
Phone: 609-984-4950

State early intervention resources

Additional information and resources are provided at early intervention resources  and family resources.