early intervention

Early identification of a development delay is extremely important so that services can be offered that will help a child reach their potential at home, in school and in life. A person’s ability to learn and develop is greater from birth to 6 than at any other time. Maximum readiness for learning many developmental skills takes place in the first years of life. By maximizing these windows of opportunity, a child can lay a foundation for future learning success.

The term “early intervention” refers to services for young children (ages 0-5), in partnership with their families, that are designed to identify and treat a developmental delay as early as possible. Services can include screening that helps identify the type of delay a child may have, as well as support and information for parents. Therapy, like physical therapy, speech or occupational therapy may also be part of early intervention services, as well as activities that help your child transition successfully to preschool and/or kindergarten.

Early Intervention builds a foundation for future learning by focusing on all areas of development including: cognitive, communication, fine motor, large motor, self-help skills, and social-emotional.

How Can Early Intervention and UCP’s Children’s Program help my family and my child?


  • Help you understand your child’s growth and development
  • Enhance your child’s development
  • Help in identifying your child’s strengths and needs
  • Support you in your role as a parent
  • Connect you with resources
  • Decrease the degree of developmental services your child might need later in life
  • Provide a smooth transition to preschool and/or kindergarten.

How will I be involved in my child’s Early Intervention Services through UCP’s Children’s Program?
Services through UCP’s Children’s Program are a partnership between families and providers. You are the most important person in your child’s life. The information you provide regarding your child’s strengths and needs as well as your family’s concerns will help us to know your child and understand our role in his/her development. The Children’s Program staff will be able to provide you with ideas and skills that will support you in helping your child meet the developmental milestones you would like him/her to meet.

Early Intervention Parent  Handbook

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