Who Is Eligible?
Who’s eligible for Vermont Family Network’s Children’s Integrated – Early Intervention Program (CIS-EI)?
Your child and family may receive early intervention services through Vermont Family Network if:
- Your family and child live in Chittenden County;
- Your child is birth through three years of age; and
- Your child is eligible based on one of the following two criteria.
I. Developmental Delay
- Children may be determined eligible because they have an observable or measurable delay in one or more areas of development:
- Thinking and learning skills (cognitive development)
- Moving, seeing and hearing (physical development)
- Understanding and using sounds, gestures, and words (communication development)
- Responding to and developing relationships with other people (social-emotional development)
- Taking care of one’s self when doing things like feeding or dressing (adaptive development)
II. Based on a Diagnosis
Children may be determined eligible because they have been diagnosed with a medical condition that has a high probability of resulting in a significant developmental delay or disability as the child gets older even though the child may not currently have an observable delay or disability. These medical conditions are referred to as “established conditions” because they establish a child’s eligibility for the early intervention program.
If your child has an established condition, your child will still need a multidisciplinary evaluation to help plan for services.
The Children’s Integrated Services-Early Intervention Program is available to you and your child at no cost regardless of your income or where you live in Vermont. VFN hosts the Chittenden County program. Contact the Children’s Integrated Services-Early Intervention Program at: 1-800-800-4005.
To contact your local CIS-EI program, call 2-1-1 (toll free) from anywhere in Vermont and tell them you are calling about the Children’s Integrated Services Program (CIS). You may also access contact information at: http://dcf.vermont.gov/cdd/cis.