Early Intervention (EI)
Bureau of Early Intervention
Division of Community Health & Prevention
Illinois Department of Human Services

Program Description


Children under three years of age who are experiencing developmental delays in one or more of the following areas: cognitive development; physical development; language and speech development; psychosocial development; and self-help skills.


To support families in promoting their child's optimal development and to facilitate the child's participation in family and community activities.


Early Intervention services include, but are not limited to: developmental evaluations and assessments, physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech/language therapy, developmental therapy, service coordination, psychological services and social work services.

Delivery Method

Regional Child and Family Connection agencies arrange for evaluations and assessments for children under three. Families with eligible children receive an Individualized Family Service Plan, which lists the services and supports that are needed for the child to achieve his/her outcomes.. Early Intervention services are paid for with a combination of government and family resources. The cost of some services are paid by the program and provided to families at no cost. These include evaluation, assessment, development of a service plan, and service coordination. Ongoing Early Intervention services are paid for by the family's health insurance, when appropriate, government insurance (KidCare), and program funds. Families contribute to the cost of services by paying fees based on a sliding scale.

Program Data

Program Expenditure (Numbers in 000's) $116,454.8 $119,652.8 $126,026.0 $29614.4
Number of Grantees 25 25 25 25
Number Served 16,647 17,039 17,936 18,764

Program Effectiveness

  • Set record caseload of 18,764 infants/toddlers.
  • Increased the proportion of children who receive services within the 45-day timeline to 98.6 percent.
  • Implemented a training and proficiency testing process for interpreters and translators to assist families in the Early Intervention Program whose primary language is not English.
  • Initiated insurance billing services by the Early Intervention Central Billing Office ito help maximize these resources for the system.