Step 3: Early Intervention Services

Once your child has been determined eligible for Early Intervention (EI) services and your service coordinator has conducted a Family Assessment, the next step is to develop an Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP).
 
The IFSP is your family’s written plan for services. This document list the EI services your child needs to develop and learn and/or the services your family needs to support your child’s development. IFSP outcomes will be functional and based on your concerns and priorities.
 
EI services are not intended to be the sole source of support for your family. Your service coordinator will identify the resources you are currently accessing or would like to be connected with. These supports will be identified on your IFSP, and may be the key to help your family reach the outcomes listed, or you may receive support from your own family and friends. Medical care and other services your child needs that are provided by specialists outside of the EI Colorado program will also be written on the IFSP, but it is important to note that these specific services are not provided by EI.
 
View an example of EI services in action.
 
Your service coordinator will always get your consent before services begin, or if there is a change in services. Services are required to start within 28 days from the time you give your consent, unless you request a later date.
 
Your IFSP will be reviewed at least every six months and can be reviewed earlier if you request. During the IFSP review the EI team will review your child and family’s individual outcomes as well as look at your child’s progress compared to peers of the same age. The IFSP will be rewritten on an annual basis and your child will be reassessed on an ongoing basis. The IFSP meeting must be held at times and locations that are convenient for your family. You will be an active team member and key decision maker throughout the planning and implementation process.
 
This process will continue until it has been determined that your child no longer needs EI services to continue making developmental progress, if you choose to exit from services, or when your child turns three and transitions out of EI services.