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

Tennessee's Early Intervention System is part of the Tennessee Department of Education.

Eligibility criteria for early intervention services

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

  • Diagnosis from the list of eligible diagnoses
  • Developmental delay of 25 percent in two or more developmental areas
  • Developmental delay of 40 percent in one area

See eligibility criteria for more details, including the list of eligible diagnoses.

Number of children served

Tennessee reported 3,966 infants and toddlers for its 2012 child count.

Support service structure

Early intervention services are coordinated through nine regional offices.

Initial family contact

Families may contact their regional office or call 800-852-7157.

Services for at-risk children

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

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

Parent training and information center

Support and Training for Exceptional Parents is Tennessee's parent training and information center.

Early childhood school services information

Information about early childhood education is available from the regional providers, the parent training and information center listed above and the local school district. Additional information may be obtained from early learning or by calling 615-532-7815.

State early intervention resources

Additional information and resources are available at disability pathfinder.

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