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Early Intervention Services - October 2016
Posted on 11/17/2016
This is the image for the news article titled Early Intervention Services - October 2016The ESD Birth to 3 program coordinates and provides early intervention services for infants and toddlers with disabilities, and their families.  The program has grown significantly in recent years and is positioned to assist school districts and other programs with upcoming changes happening statewide.  Kellie Horn, Early Childhood Special Education Administrator, leads the Birth to 3 Early Intervention program at ESD 123.

What are early intervention services? This program builds upon family strengths by providing coordination, supports, resources, and services to enhance the development of children with developmental delays and disabilities through everyday learning opportunities.

Early Intervention Goals:
  1. Enhance the development of infants and toddlers with developmental delays;
  2. Decrease the potential for developmental delays;
  3. Reduce future education costs; and,  
  4. Enhance the capacity of families to meet the needs of their infants’ and toddlers’ special needs.

Beginning in 2017, significant changes have been proposed to Washington State's Early Intervention System.  These changes will include consolidating the current 26 Local Lead Agencies down to 11 Regional Lead Agencies, and streaming State funding through the Department of Early Learning directly to the Lead Agencies.

ESD 123 is poised to serve as a regional leader as these changes occur, and planning and preparation for these significant changes is already underway.  More information and updates will be communicated as available, and those interested in learning more about the program and its many services are encouraged to contact Kellie directly at khorn@esd123.org or 509.544.5744.

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