- For Families
- Find Child Care
- Step 1: Learn About Early Intervention
- Colorado Child Care Assistance Program
- Step 2: Referral and Eligibility
- Early Intervention for Infants and Toddlers
- Step 3: Early Intervention Services
- Family Support Programs
- Head Start/Early Head Start
- Step 4: Transition Planning
- Supports and Resources
- Social-Emotional Development
- Learning and Development Guidelines
- Other Assistance Programs
Step 2: Referral and Eligibility
If you have, or anyone who knows your child has concerns about your child’s development, Early Intervention (EI) services may help. You may request a no cost evaluation and/or assessment at any time to help answer your questions about your child’s development.
Community Centered Boards (CCBs) are local agencies throughout Colorado that are responsible for implementing the local EI Colorado program and processing referrals for EI services.
Call 1.888.777.4041 to contact a CCB or contact your local CCB to make a referral. You may also use the referral form.
If you are moving or need to contact an early intervention program outside of Colorado you can find other state contacts here.
Within seven days of the referral date you will be contacted by a service coordinator and that person will work with you to discuss next steps which may include scheduling an evaluation and/or assessment. Information gathered from the evaluation and the intake process will be used to determine your child’s eligibility. Unless you request a later date, the evaluation and/or assessment, and initial Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP) for eligible children must be completed within 45 days of the referral date. You must sign written permission before any evaluation of your child occurs.
Your child and family may receive EI services if your child is determined to have a significant delay in one or more areas of development, has been diagnosed with a condition that will likely result in a significant delay in development, or is living with a parent with a developmental disability as determined by the CCB. EI Colorado works with a panel of physicians to establish physical or mental conditions that have a high probability of resulting in a significant level of developmental delay. EI Colorado maintains the database of all diagnosed conditions.
If your child is not eligible for EI services, your service coordinator can connect you with additional community resources at your request. If concerns or needs arise in the future, you may re-refer your child to the early intervention program at any time until your child’s third birthday. You can view state and national resources as well as information on development in this brochure; Staying on Track.
If you disagree with the results of the eligibility evaluation, you may contact your service coordinator and request a dispute resolution process.
If your child is eligible for EI services a meeting will be held to conduct a family assessment and develop the Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP). This meeting may be conducted on the same day as the eligibility determination or at a later time. During this meeting, the service provider will gather information about how your child is functioning in everyday routines, your family’s daily activities, and identify what your family’s concerns and priorities are. This will result in a plan that includes information on how your child relates to others, uses their skills, gets their needs met, and what would the family like to see happen for them during their time in EI.
The evaluation, family assessment meeting, and IFSP development should occur within 45 days from the date the referral was made.