Early Intervention: Resources for Families, Childcare, and Early Childhood Teachers

When a very young child shows delays in development, there are services in Illinois to support the child and their family. Early intervention (EI) services focus on infants and toddlers with disabilities and delays, birth through age 3, and their families.

This tool kit includes resources that explain early intervention in Illinois and help families understand whether their child is on track with developmental milestones. It also describes EI resources for families and provides EI resources for early childhood professionals, illustrating how EI and childcare can work together.

What Is Early Intervention?

If you are just beginning to learn about early intervention in Illinois, these resources can provide you with essential information.

Is My Child on Track?

Families may be concerned about their child’s development. Becoming familiar with the developmental milestones for your child’s age is important. Watching your child as they play, move, and learn gives you information about how your child is hitting milestones. Learn more about milestones and delays with these resources.

EI Resources for Families

Families of infants and toddlers can learn more about early intervention through the following resources.

EI Resources for Early Childhood Professionals

Early childhood professionals working with infants and toddlers can learn more about early intervention through the following resources.

About this resource

Setting(s) for which the article is intended:
  • Child Care Center
  • Family Child Care
  • Home

Intended audience(s):
  • Parents / Family
  • Teachers / Service providers

Age Levels (the age of the children to whom the article applies):
  • Infants and Toddlers (Birth To Age 3)

Revised: 2021