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

The Arizona Early Intervention Program is located within the Arizona Department of Economic Security.

Eligibility criteria for early intervention services

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

  • Developmental delay of more than 50 percent for their chronological age in one or more developmental areas
  • Established condition with a high probability of resulting in a developmental delay

See eligibility for more information.

Number of children served

Arizona reported 5,100 infants and toddlers for the 2012 child count.

Support service structure

The Arizona Early Intervention Program staff monitors and support the services provided by a network of local providers. The staff uses a primary service provider model with coaching provided by other team members. More information is available at team-based model.

Initial family contact

The local Arizona Early Intervention Program offices serve as the initial point of contact for families. Contact information is available at referral 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 or First Things First, a statewide program supporting children from birth through age 5.

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. More information is available at family cost participation.

Insurance coverage for autism spectrum disorder services

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

Parent training and information center

Raising Special Kids is Arizona'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 local Arizona Early Intervention Program agency and the parent training and information center listed above. Additional information is available from Arizona Early Childhood Education or:

Arizona Department of Education
Phone: 602- 364-1948

State early intervention resources

A central directory of information and resources related to early intervention services is available at resource directory.

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