Illinois

Early Intervention Clearinghouse

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The Illinois Early Intervention (EI) Clearinghouse identifies and collects research-based and best-practice early intervention information to share with families.

Getting Started

The first step is to contact your Child and Family Connections (CFC) office to determine whether your child is eligible for services under the Illinois Early Intervention Program. A physician or a child care professional may have already recommended that you contact the Illinois Early Intervention Program.

Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible, your child:

  1. Must be 0, 1, or 2 years old,
     AND
  1. Have an identifiable developmental delay of 30% or more,
         or
    Have a physician’s diagnosis of a physical or mental condition that causes a developmental delay,
          or
    Be at risk of substantial developmental delay because of certain risk factors.

If you believe your child may be eligible for Illinois Early Intervention Program services...

  • Call your local Child and Family Connections (CFC) office to arrange for an initial “intake” visit by a service coordinator at your home. He or she will schedule free evaluations of your child’s development. After your child is determined to be eligible, the service coordinator will serve as your personal contact through the entire time your child receives Illinois Early Intervention Program services.

If your child is determined to be ineligible for Illinois Early Intervention Program services...

  • Your service coordinator will recommend alternative providers or resources.

Your Family Rights

If your child is determined to be eligible for the Illinois Early Intervention Program, your family rights include:

  • An evaluation of your child by a professional team completed within 45 days of referral, as well as ongoing monitoring of your child.
  • An Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP) written within 45 days of referral. The IFSP lists child and family strengths, needs, resources, priorities, and concerns. It alsoidentifies services to be provided to your child. The IFSP must be reviewed at least once every six months and re-evaluated annually.
  • Privacy and consent. No information about your child and family will be shared without your written consent. In addition, you will have the opportunity to consent to all services provided through the program.
  • Refusal of services. You may refuse any service at any time without jeopardizing other services or without losing the right to re-enter the Illinois Early Intervention Program before your child is age 3.
  • Prior notice of changes to the date, time, or location of an IFSP meeting or to proposed changes to the IFSP.
  • Record review. You may inspect, review or amend your records at any time or by request. You also may receive copies of your records.

You also have the right to receive information in your native language and in a way that can be understood and the right to disagree, complain, and request mediation. Written complaints and written requests for mediation or impartial administrative resolution should be submitted to the Illinois Department of Human Services according to the procedures outlined in the following booklet: State of Illinois Infant/Toddler & Family Rights Under IDEA for the Early Intervention System. This booklet also can provide more detail on your rights under the Illinois Early Intervention Program.

Right of refusal

You also have the right to refuse Illinois Early Intervention Program services for now, while keeping the option of returning for services at a later date.

Find out more

  • Visit the EI Clearinghouse Library page.
  • Take a virtual tour of the EI Clearinghouse library and the resources it has to offer families, caregivers, and professionals in Illinois.
  • Read The Illinois Early Intervention Program: A Guide for Families (March 2011)
    English | Spanish

Local CFC Offices

The 25 Child and Family Connections (CFC) offices serve as the local contacts for the Illinois Early Intervention Program. Call the office in the region where you live to get started.

 

 

Who we are...

The Illinois Early Intervention Clearinghouse is operated by the Early Childhood and Parenting (ECAP) Collaborative at the University of Illinois. The EI Clearinghouse is funded by the Illinois Department of Human Services.

The Illinois Early Intervention (EI) Program provides a collection of services for families of children from birth to age 3 who have disabilities or developmental delays or who are at risk of having developmental delays. Families are the key to successful early intervention. Our mission is to provide families with the information they need to support their children's growth and development.

Resources...

The EI Clearinghouse Web site provides families with access to an extensive early intervention library collection of books, videos, and journals. Some materials are available in Spanish as well as English.

The Web site also contains a calendar, a newsletter for parents, and links to other early intervention information intended for families.

EI professionals: We provide a list of videos approved for CEU credit as well as our library collection. Visit the Web sites of Provider Connections, the statewide network of (Child and Family Connections) CFC offices, and the Illinois EI Training Program.

Contact Us...

Illinois Early Intervention Clearinghouse
Early Childhood and Parenting Collaborative
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Children’s Research Center, Room 20
51 Gerty Drive
Champaign, IL 61820-7469

Toll free: (877) 275-3227
Local: (217) 333-1386

Fax: (217) 244-7732

Web FormFor questions and material requests,
please complete our Online Request Form OR send us an email: Illinois-eic@illinois.edu

Learn more about the Illinois EI Clearinghouse.

Disclaimer
The information provided on this Web site is not intended to take the place of either the written law or regulations. The opinions, resources, and links provided on the Web site are intended for information purposes only and are not intended to take the place of medical or legal advice, or of other appropriate services.

The content of the EI Clearinghouse Web site does not necessarily reflect the views or policies of the Illinois Early Intervention Clearinghouse, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, or the Illinois Department of Human Services; nor does the mention of trade names, commercial products, or organizations imply endorsement by the Illinois Early Intervention Clearinghouse, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, or the Illinois Department of Human Services.

 
University of IllinoisUniversity of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
College of Education
Early Childhood and Parenting Collaborative

Illinois Early Intervention Clearinghouse
www.eiclearinghouse.org
(877) 275-3227
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