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

Oregon's Early Intervention and Early Childhood Special Ed Program is part of the Oregon Department of Education.

Eligibility criteria for early intervention services

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

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

See eligibility criteria (Page 94) for more details.

Number of children served

Oregon reported 3,219 infants and toddlers for the 2012 child count.

Support service structure

A network of county-based early intervention providers coordinates local early intervention services.

Initial family contact

Families should contact the early intervention provider serving their location.

Services for at-risk children

Local service teams will 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

Families are not required to pay for services. Public insurance may be accessed under certain conditions.

Insurance coverage for autism spectrum disorder services

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

Parent training and information center

Family and Community Together is Oregon's statewide parent training and information center. Additional support is provided by OrFIRST for families living in Multnomah, Washington and Clackamas counties and by the National Indian Parent Information Center.

Early childhood school services information

Information regarding school services for children ages 3 through 5 is available from the local school district, the county providers and the parent agencies listed above. Additional information is provided at early childhood education or by contacting:

Oregon Department of Education
Phone: 503-378-3600

State early intervention resources

Additional information and resources are available from the central directory.

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