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

Vermont's early intervention program is part of Children's Integrated Services of the Vermont Department for Children and Families, which is the co-lead agency with the Vermont Department of Education.

Eligibility criteria for early intervention services

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

  • Clearly observable and measurable delay in one or more developmental areas, and the delayed development shall be at the level that the child's future success in home, school or community cannot be assured without the provision of early intervention services
  • Physical or mental condition which has a high probability of resulting in a developmental delay

See eligibility criteria (Page 30) for more details.

Number of children served

Vermont reported an estimated 785 infants and toddlers served for the 2012 child count.

Support service structure

A network of regional providers coordinates local early intervention services.

Initial family contact

Families may contact the regional coordinator serving their location or call 211 (in-state) for more information.

Services for at-risk children

Local service teams will provide information on available resources to families with children who are not eligible for early intervention services. 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

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

Parent training and information center

The Vermont Family Network is Vermont's parent training and 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 regional providers and the parent training and information center listed above. Additional information is available from early childhood education or by contacting:

Vermont Agency of Education
Phone: 802-828-5115

State early intervention resources

Additional information and resources are available at early intervention resources.

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