who we are
The North Carolina Early Intervention Branch (NCEI) is a part of the N.C. Division of Public Health. It is the lead agency for the N.C. Infant-Toddler Program (ITP). The Infant-Toddler Program provides supports and services for families and their children, birth to three who have special needs. Research shows that this time period is critical. It offers a window of opportunity to make a positive difference in how a child develops and learns. Sixteen Children's Developmental Services Agencies (CDSAs) across North Carolina work with local service providers to help families help their children succeed.
- each child is unique
- every family's needs are different
- early intervention works best when the family is supported in meeting their child's needs
- the parent/family/caregiver is the child's best teacher
- in honoring the family's beliefs, culture and values
- children with developmental needs learn best in settings that are used by all children
- in working with families to help their young children learn and grow
Children aged zero to three with certain levels of developmental delay or established conditions, and their families, are eligible for the ITP. No family is denied services because of the inability to pay.
- Service Coordination
- Physical, occupational and speech-language therapies
- Family support
- Special instruction
- Assistive technology
- Other services
Services are provided within the child’s natural environment as a part of the everyday routines and activities in which families participate and in places where families would typically be. Natural environments are settings that are natural or normal for the child’s age peers who have no disabilities. When services take place children can be at home with their families or at places within the community like the park, playground or daycare with other care providers.
confidentiality of information
The ITP policies are designed to assure parents that:
- they will be fully informed about any release of information,
- they can limit the sharing of information among ITP staff and providers, and
- basic safeguards are provided when they are asked to authorize the release of child or family information.
how to begin
Anyone with concerns about a child may refer him or her to the ITP. Contact your local CDSA to refer the child, and staff will walk you through the process.