Referral: The First Step

Professionals such as doctors can refer your infant or toddler to the EIP, unless you object, when there is a concern about your child's development. If you have a concern, you can also refer your child to the EIP in the county where you live. County contacts can be found online at: Municipal/County Contacts for the Early Intervention Program

Or, you can call the "Growing Up Healthy" 24-hour Hotline at 1-800-522-5006; in New York City dial 311. You may talk with your doctor or someone you trust and ask him/her to help you with the referral. The referral process helps you learn about the EIP.

You must decide if the EIP makes sense for you and your child. Before your child is evaluated for the program and receives services, you must give your written permission.