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

Pennsylvania's Early Intervention Program is part of the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare.

Eligibility criteria for early intervention services

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

  • Developmental delay of 25 percent or more
  • Developmental delay of 1.5 standard deviations in one or more developmental areas
  • Physical or mental condition which has a high probability of resulting in a developmental delay.

See eligibility criteria for more details.

Number of children served

Pennsylvania reported 19,030 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 may contact the early intervention provider serving their location or call the CONNECT helpline at 800-692-7288.

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

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

Parent training and information center

Parent agencies in Pennsylvania include:

Early childhood school services information

Information regarding school services is available from the county provider agencies, the parent training and information centers listed above and the local school district. Additional information may be obtained from early childhood education or by contacting:

Pennsylvania Office of Child Development and Early Learning
Phone: 717-783-7213

State early intervention resources

Additional information and resources are available from family resources.

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