Early Intervention

Children’s Integrated Services – Early Intervention (CIS-EI) provides family-centered early intervention for children from birth to age 3 who have, or may be at risk for, a delay in their development. We are the host agency in Chittenden County for the early intervention part of this statewide multidisciplinary program. Children’s Integrated Services also includes prenatal, family and child support services, and early childhood mental health services.

Together with your family, we are your team. Although you may not work directly with everyone, your team includes a family resource coordinator, a developmental educator, a speech and language pathologist, a medical social worker, a physical therapist, an occupational therapist, and school partners.

CIS-EI provides an evaluation of your child that addresses at least five areas of development: social and emotional, motor, cognitive, language and communication, and self-help or adaptive. If you, with your child’s team, determines that your child is eligible for CIS-EI services, we will provide:

  • A One Plan based on your goals for your child and family
  • A Primary Service Provider (PSP) who will share information and resources to support your family and to help your child’s development
  • Transition planning for when your child turns 3
  • Services in your child’s natural environment, such as your home or child care setting

You are your child’s first and best teacher. Our job is to listen to your concerns and protect your family’s confidentiality. We help you understand your child’s development and work with your family to develop simple strategies and activities that you can do throughout the day to help your child learn and grow. You are an important team member and play a critical role in your child’s development.

Parent/Caregiver Role

  • Ask questions and share information
  • Work with us to develop strategies and activities that will help your child grow
  • Incorporate those strategies and activities into your family’s daily routine
  • Tell us your needs or concerns

If you are concerned about your child’s development, talk to your child’s doctor and ask for developmental screening. If you or the doctor is still concerned, ask the doctor for a referral to your local Children’s Integrated Services team. Contact your local Children’s Integrated Services team coordinator or dial 2-1-1 toll free from anywhere in Vermont for helpful resources.