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Netcare®, Inc.
Early Intervention Program (ages 0-3)

We know that your child’s development is very important to you. We’re here to help! The Early Intervention Program was first created in 1986 under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and has been in effect in New York since 1993. Children are eligible for services if they are under the age of three and have a confirmed developmental delay or a diagnosed physical or mental condition that has a high probability of resulting in a developmental delay.

Netcare®, Inc. Early Intervention Program provides a variety of services to eligible children with developmental disabilities, from birth to age three, and their families. Netcare, Inc. is approved as a provider of Early Intervention program services (EIP) by New York State to service the following areas and counties: Brooklyn, Queens, Bronx, Manhattan, Staten Island, Nassau, Suffolk, Rockland, Sullivan, Ulster, Orange, Westchester, and Dutchess. Currently, Netcare, Inc. is under contract with the NYC municipality to deliver EI services.

To see if your child is developing similarly to most babies of the same age, click here to see our Guide to Growth

    If you suspect that your infant or toddler has difficulty with:
  • Listening/speaking skills
  • Physical development/coordination
  • Play skills
  • Daily living skills (i.e. eating, dressing)

...Netcare’s team of evaluators and therapists can make a difference. They are specially trained to provide children with the opportunity to develop their full potential and to help you further promote their development.

Services are available in your child’s natural environment – at home or at a daycare center – weekdays or weekends – daytime and evening hours.

    Our services include:
  • Evaluations
  • Speech Therapy
  • Physical Therapy
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Special Instruction
  • Family Training
  • Social Work
  • Nutrition
  • Service Coordination

Family Centered Services

Early Intervention Services work best when families are involved to meet the developmental goals of the child. Here are some guidelines for getting the most from the program.

  • Get Involved! Be part of the process, have fun, give you child praise for trying new activities.
  • Make Every Minute Count! When your child’s therapists works with your child, observes and try to activities that they recommend. Ask questions and offer feedback on how your child is doing.
  • Ask for Help! Let your therapist know if you or your child are struggling with their suggestions or activities. Communication is the key!
  • Enjoy the Everyday! There are ways of incorporating developmental skills into everything you do. Your therapist can help you learn ways of helping your child develop while you carry out your daily routine.
  • Provide Variety! Change the activities you do with your child and provide them with new and interesting views of their environment to keep them motivated to grow and develop.
  • Use your Support System! Involve friends, family and other caretakers in helping your child meet their developmental outcomes.

The Early Intervention Program (EIP) is a public program for children under the age of three who are either suspected of having or at risk for developmental delays or disabilities. Potentially eligible children must be referred to the county program or the Growing Up Healthy Hotline at 1-800-522-5006 to receive EIP services. EIP is funded by New York State and county governments. All EIP services are provided at no cost to parents. Health insurance may be accessed for early intervention services provided to eligible children and families. A child's eligibility for the program can be determined only by state-approved evaluators under contract, and all services must be authorized by the county.

To find out if your child is eligible or make a referral, please call 1-800-522-5006 or contact the appropriate number below.

NYC: Call 311 and ask for Early Intervention
Nassau: 516-227-8661
Suffolk: 631-853-3100
Westchester: 914-813-5094
Rockland: 845-364-2620
Orange: 845-291-2333
Sullivan: 845-292-5910
Putnam: 845-808-1640, Ext. 46031
Dutchess: 845-486-2759
Ulster: 845-334-5251

If a child is found eligible for EIP, all needed early intervention services are identified in collaboration with the parent and must be authorized by the municipality. The municipality will arrange for service providers, considering the individual needs of the child and family, to deliver services authorized by the municipality. When early intervention services are delivered in child care settings or community locations that require a fee, the parent is responsible for paying any associated costs with such access to child care or community locations.

Guide to Growth

Infants and toddlers develop and learn differently. Most, however, are able to do certain things at different stages in their development.

For example:

    At three months, most babies:
  • move both eyes in the same direction together
  • wiggle and kick with arms and legs
  • make cooing sounds
    At six months, they:
  • reach for objects and pick them up
  • help hold the bottle during feeding
  • babble
    At 12 months, they:
  • stand alone
  • wave “bye-bye”
  • know five or six words
    At 1 ½ years, most children:
  • make marks on paper with crayon
  • like to look at pictures
  • walk without help
  • follow simple directions (“Bring me the ball”)
    At 2 years, they:
  • say names of toys
  • like to imitate their parents
  • use two to three word sentences
    At 3 years, they:
  • put on their shoes
  • are toilet trained
  • use three to five word sentences
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