Colorado

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 Early Intervention Colorado program is administered by the Colorado Department of Human Services, Division for Developmental Disabilities.

Eligibility criteria for early intervention services

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

  • Developmental delay of 25 percent or more (based on chronological age)
  • Developmental delay of 1.5 standard deviations or more below the mean in one or more developmental areas
  • Established physical or mental condition that has a high probability of resulting in a significant delay in development

See eligibility information for more information.

Number of children served

Colorado reported 5,989 infants and toddlers served for the 2012 child count.

Support service structure

A network of community-centered boards coordinates local early intervention services.

Initial family contact

Families should contact their local community centered board using the directory.

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 below.

Family cost participation

Families are not required to pay for services. Public or private insurance may be accessed under certain conditions. See family cost for more information.

Insurance coverage for autism spectrum disorder services

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

Parent training and information center

The Peak Parent Center is Colorado's statewide parent training and information center with additional support provided by the Denver Metro Community Parent Resource 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 service teams and the parent training and information centers listed above. Additional information is available at early childhood initiatives or:

Colorado Department of Education
Phone: 303-866-6720

State early intervention resources

A comprehensive listing of early intervention resources for families is provided at family resources.

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