Early Intervention

“Every child grows and learns new skills at his or her own pace.  Children can vary in skills and development.  Parents know their child better than anyone else.  If you have concerns about your child’s development, Early Intervention can help.   

(from Watch Me Grow, Pennsylvania Early Intervention Program).

How do I receive services for my child?

If you have concerns regarding your child’s development call your pediatrician for a referral or your county provider for a free screening and/or evaluation.

Early Intervention in Pennsylvania Statewide CONNECT Line:1-800-692-7288- www.connectpa.net

Early Intervention- Infant-Toddler (birth up to age three)

McKean County- 814-975-1221

Potter County- 814-544-7315

Forest Warren County- 814-726-2100

Cameron/Elk County- 814-772-8111

Preschool Early Intervention

McKean, Potter, Elk and Cameron Counties- 814-887-5512 extension 302

CARE for Children is an early intervention provider in McKean, Potter and Forest-Warren Counties.

Children may receive one or multiple interventions, services are part of a coordinated, multidisciplinary program.

Services are provided as part of the child’s Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP) through a family-centered care philosophy. The goal is to support families in promoting their children’s development, learning, and participation in family and community life. Services are provided in the child’s natural setting. If you’re unsure about whether your child is meeting age appropriate developmental levels, visit CARE’s developmental milestones page.

The Role of Therapists:

Physical therapists focus specifically on motor skills, self-care function, and the utilization of adaptive equipment. Physical therapists use their knowledge and skills specifically related to motor and self-care function, assistive technology, and adaptive equipment.

Occupational therapists help improve children’s motor, cognitive, sensory processing, communication, and play skills. Occupational therapists focus on a child’s ability to perform self-care routines (feeding, dressing), play skills (manipulating objects/toys), oral skills (sucking, swallowing, and chewing) and social skills (playing, following directions).  Occupational therapists assess the need for adaptive equipment, modified techniques, and developmental training in all areas and address sensory processing difficulties.

Special Instructors/Developmentalists evaluate cognitive processes, behavioral concerns and socio-emotional characteristics and interactions. They implement and/or modify environments and choose appropriate play activities to support learning in the framework of the family’s daily routines.

Speech – Language Pathologists work on speech, language and communication skills and are qualified to address delays and disabilities in communication, language, speech, emergent literacy, and feeding/swallowing. The development of communication skills begins at birth.  Communication provides the building blocks for learning and social interaction.

Social Workers can join the Early Intervention team to support a family in many ways. Services provided by a social worker are adapted to each family’s situation; and can include emotional support, identifying and coordinating community resources, parent education, counseling and crisis intervention.

Social Workers are available to support the needs of the parent as well as the child and to work with the family to make sure that they have the resources to continue their daily routines.  If your child receives Early Intervention services and you believe you would benefit from the services of an Early Intervention Social Worker, speak to your Service Coordinator.


Early Intervention is collaboration by a team which works with the family to integrate interventions into everyday routines, activities, locations and exchanging information. The goal is to enhance development, minimize the potential for developmental delay, and help families to meet the special needs of their infants and toddlers.

Early Intervention Resources

Parent Overview of Early Intervention Services

Help Babies Birth to Three

For a copy of the Parent Guide for EI (PDF), visit the National Information Center for Children and Youth with Disabilities (NICHCY).
http://www.nichcy.org/InformationResources/Documents/NICHY PUBS/.pdf

For Pennsylvania, please see A Pediatric Practitioner’s Guide to Early Intervention in Pennsylvania

The Right to Early Intervention for Infants and Toddlers and Their Families in Pennsylvania please see

PATTAN Parent Corner http://www.pattan.k12.pa.us/regsforms/EarlyIntervention.aspx

A Family’s Introduction to Early Intervention in Pennsylvania.
Pennsylvania’s Approach to the Delivery of Early Intervention Services (PDF) www.dpw.state.pa.us/Resources/Documents/Pdf/Publications/EI_Introduction_for Website.pdf

Scholastic “Early Childhood Today” Developmental Charts and Information

For tips on how to address your child’s picky eating habits, as well as pointers on how to encourage healthy eating, please visit http://www.zerotothree.org/child-development/health-nutrition/how-to-handle-picky-eaters.html

Preschool Transition

Family Tools from the Center on the Social Emotional Foundations of Early Learning at Vanderbilt University

PATTAN Publications

PA Department of Labor & Industry


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