Early Intervention Services
The IU5 Early Childhood Intervention Program evaluates and provides services for children with special needs beginning at age 3 until they are eligible to enter kindergarten. Any parent concerned about his/her child's development may refer his/her child to the Early Childhood Intervention Program.
For more information regarding the Early Intervention Program, call Toll Free 1( 800) 677-5610 ext. 8461 or (814) 734-8461.
The IU5 Early Childhood Intervention Program identifies and provides services to children ages three to five years old, with special needs, for the following districts:
- Crawford County
- Erie County (with the exception of the School District of the City of Erie call: (814) 874-6155)
- Warren County
Once a referral is made, an Early Intervention Service Coordinator will call to schedule a time to meet to begin gathering additional information.
Individualized Education Program
If a child qualifies for Early Intervention Services, and Individualized Education Program (IEP) will be developed by the child's IEP team, which includes a parent/guardian.
Services are required to be provided in a child's Least Restrictive Environment (LRE). These settings may include, but are not limited to:
- Preschool/Pre-K Counts
- Head Start
- Specialized Setting
- Approved Private Schools
Transition to School Age
When age eligible to attend Kindergarten, all children on an IEP are entitled to a transition meeting held in conjunction with school district personnel.