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Arizona Early Intervention Program Resources

To refer a child to the Arizona Early Intervention Program (AzEIP), contact the program in the AzEIP Statewide Referral List that receives referrals in the area that the child lives. A copy of this list is available by contacting the Arizona Early Intervention Program at (602) 532-9960; or (888) 439-5609 (outside Maricopa county). To refer a child online, please go to:

AzEIP Participating Agencies are those five state agencies identified in Arizona law that are responsible for maintaining and implementing a comprehensive, coordinated, interagency system of early intervention services throughout Arizona according to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), Part C. The five participating state agencies are:

1. Arizona Department of Education (ADE) seeks to ensure academic excellence for all children. Through its Exceptional Student Services division, ADE provides special education services under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), Part B to children three years of age through 21 years of age.

1535 West Jefferson Street, Bin #15
Phoenix, Arizona 85007
Phone: (602) 542-5393
Main website: External Link Icon
Early Childhood Special Education: Telephone number: (602) 364-1530
Special Education Page (Exceptional Students): External Link Icon  

Visit special education resources External Link Icon, or contact a PINS for free resources.

2. Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System (AHCCCS) is Arizona's Medicaid agency that offers health care programs to serve Arizona residents. Individuals must meet certain income and other requirements to obtain services.

801 E. Jefferson Street, MD 3400
Phoenix, AZ 85034
Phone: (602) 417-4000 External Link Icon

3. Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) promotes and protects the health of Arizona’s children and adults. ADHS operates programs in behavioral health, disease prevention and control, health promotion, community public health, environmental health, maternal and child health, emergency preparedness and regulation of childcare and assisted living centers, nursing homes, hospitals, other health care providers and emergency services.

150 North 18th Avenue
Phoenix, Arizona 85007
Phone: (602) 542-1025 External Link Icon

4. Arizona State Schools for the Deaf and the Blind (ASDB) educates children and youth with hearing or vision loss throughout Arizona. ASDB is committed to partnerships with families, school districts, communities, and others that will enable children and youth with hearing or vision loss to succeed now and in the future.

P.O. Box 88510
Tucson, AZ 85754
Phone: (520) 770-3601 External Link Icon

5. Arizona Department of Economic Security (DES) is the lead agency for implementing the Arizona Early Intervention Program. The mission of DES is to promote the safety, well-being, and self sufficiency of children, adults, and families. Its goals are to (1) strengthen individuals and families; (2) increase self-sufficiency; and (3) develop the capacity of communities.

1789 West Jefferson
Phoenix, AZ 85007
Phone: (800) 352-8168

a. Arizona Early Intervention Program (DES/AzEIP) is the program within DES designated to fulfill lead agency functions and responsibilities for early intervention.

b. Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD) provides services and supports to help eligible individuals with developmental disabilities achieve self-sufficiency and independence. DDD also offers supports for family members and other caregivers.

1789 West Jefferson Avenue, S/C 791A
Phoenix, Arizona 85007
Phone: (602) 542-0419
(866) 229-5553 (toll free)

AzEIP Service Providing Agencies are those state agencies identified in Arizona law that provide early intervention services under IDEA, Part C:

1. Arizona State Schools for the Deaf and the Blind; and
2. Arizona Department of Economic Security through:

a. DES, Arizona Early Intervention Program (DES/AzEIP) and
b. DES, Division of Developmental Disabilities (DES/DDD).

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Local and State Resources

DES/Child Care Administration assists eligible families with child care costs, enabling parents to participate in employment and specific education and training activities related to employment, or in certain other circumstances when parents are unable to provide care.

1789 W. Jefferson 801A
Phoenix, Arizona 85007
Phone: 602-542-4248

For assistance in finding child care in Arizona, call: (800) 308-9000 External Link Icon

Early Head Start and Head Start provide high quality early childhood education, nutrition, health, mental health, disabilities, and social services with a strong parent involvement focus. Early Head Start – for parents with children birth – three years of age; Head Start – for parents with children three years through five years of age. To find a program in your area, please contact:

Arizona Head Start Association
PO Box 45483
Phoenix, AZ 85064
(602) 338-0449 Link Icon

Inter-Tribal Council of Arizona, Inc. provides member tribes with the means for action on matters that affect them collectively and individually, to promote tribal sovereignty and to strengthen tribal governments.

2214 North Central Avenue, Suite 100
Phoenix, AZ 85004
Phone: 602-258-4822 External Link Icon

Raising Special Kids is a non-profit organization of families helping families of children with the full range of disabilities and special health needs in Arizona. As Arizona’s Parent Training and Information Center, Raising Special Kids provides families with information, training, and assistance in understanding their parental rights and responsibilities under Part C of IDEA. Services and programs are provided at no cost to families.

5025 E. Washington St. #204
Phoenix, AZ 85034
(602) 242-4366 or (800) 237-3007
Email at External Link Icon

Southern Arizona: Tucson Office at (520) 441-4007,
Northern Arizona: Flagstaff Office at (928) 523-4870,

First Things First undertakes activities to increase the quality of, and access to, the early childhood development and health system that ensures a child entering school comes healthy and ready to succeed. It seeks to improve the lives of children birth through age five, in order to ensure their readiness for school and support their families in preparing them for a lifetime of success and wellbeing.

4000 North Central Avenue, Suite 800
Phoenix, AZ 85012
(602) 771-5100 or (877) 803-7234 External Link Icon

Pilot Parents of Southern Arizona
Partners in Policymaking is an annual leadership training program that assists parents of children with disabilities and self-advocates to become well informed about, and active in, policy making and systems change for individuals with disabilities in Arizona.

Partners in Policymaking
Pilot Parents of Southern Arizona
2600 N. Wyatt Drive
Tucson , AZ , 85712
(877) 365-7220
(520) 324-3150 External Link Icon

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National Resources

United States Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) is dedicated to improving results for infants, toddlers, children and youth with disabilities ages birth through 21 by providing leadership and financial support to assist states and local districts. The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) authorizes formula grants External Link Icon to states, and discretionary grants External Link Icon to institutions of higher education and other non-profit organizations to support research, demonstrations, technical assistance and dissemination External Link Icon, technology and personnel development and parent-training and information centers External Link Icon.

Office of Special Education Programs
Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services
U.S. Department of Education
400 Maryland Ave., S.W.
Washington, DC 20202-7100
Telephone: (202) 245-7459 External Link Icon

Mountain Plains Regional Resource Center (MPRRC) is a U.S Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs-funded project that helps build the capacity of State Education Agencies and Lead Agencies under IDEA in improving programs and services for infants, toddlers, children, and youth with disabilities. The MPRRC is part of the Technical Assistance for Excellence in Special Education Center (TAESE), which is the technical assistance division of the Center for Persons with Disabilities at Utah State University.

1780 North Research Parkway
Suite 112
Logan, Utah 84341
435.797.9009 (Phone) External Link Icon

Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center (ECTAC) is a center supported by the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Special Education Programs External Link Icon (OSEP) under the provisions of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). NECTAC serves Part C-Infant and Toddlers with Disabilities Programs and Part B-Section 619 Preschool Programs for Children with Disabilities In all 50 states and 10 jurisdictions to improve service systems and outcomes for children and families.

Campus Box 8040, UNC-CH
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-8040
(919) 962-2001 External Link Icon

Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) is dedicated to improving educational outcomes for individuals with exceptionalities, students with disabilities, and/or the gifted. CEC advocates for appropriate governmental policies, sets professional standards, provides continual professional development, advocates for newly and historically underserved individuals with exceptionalities, and helps professionals obtain conditions and resources necessary for effective professional practice.

2900 Crystal Drive, Suite 1000
Arlington, VA 22202
1-888-232-7733 External Link Icon

Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) provides the requirements for ensuring equal opportunity for persons with disabilities in employment, State and local government services, public accommodations, commercial facilities, and transportation, and requiring the establishment of TDD/telephone relay services. The United States Department of Justice oversees the Disabilities Rights Section that offers information and technical assistance on the Americans with Disabilities Act.

U.S. Department of Justice
950 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Civil Rights Division
Disability Rights Section - NYA
Washington, D.C. 20530
(800) 514-0301 External Link Icon

Center for Parent Information and Resources (CPIR) serves the nation as a central source of information on:
* disabilities in infants, toddlers, children, and youth,
* IDEA, which is the law authorizing special education,
* No Child Left Behind (as it relates to children with disabilities), and
* research-based information on effective educational practices.

Center for Parent Information and Resources
c/o Statewide Parent Advocacy Network
35 Halsey St., Fourth Floor
Newark, NJ 07102 Link Icon

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Research and Demonstration Projects in Arizona

University Centers for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD) exist in every state to serve as a resource for people in the areas of education, research and service relative to the needs of people with developmental disabilities. Authorized by the Developmental Disabilities and Bill of Rights Act of 2000 and funded by the Administration of Developmental Disabilities within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, there are 67 UCEDDs in the United States and its territories.

The Institute for Human Development (IHD) - a statewide, interdisciplinary disability center located on the campus of Northern Arizona University. IHD includes and supports consumers and family members in addressing its mission to build and enhance a culturally competent and responsive statewide disability service system. Four primary areas of disability emphasis for the Institute are: 1) interdisciplinary college anExternal Link Icond university education, including continuing education; 2) community services, training and technical assistance; 3) research and program evaluation; 4) dissemination of information on current and effective, evidence-based practices and policy.

P.O. Box 5630
Flagstaff AZ 86011-5630
(928) 523-4791 External Link Icon

Sonoran UCEDD – The goal of the Sonoran UCEDD is to ensure full community participation by individuals with developmental disabilities through:

  • Interdisciplinary training of students and service professionals on developmental disabilities
  • Research and analysis aimed at developing new knowledge on disability which can be translated into model programs and public policy initiatives
  • Technical assistance and information sharing for the community at large on disability best practices and new information
  • Exemplary services and model program development to enhance and expand the systems of support for people with developmental disabilities
  • P.O. Box 245052
    Tucson, Arizona 85724-5052
    (520) 626-0442 Link Icon

In addition, please contact the State universities for information on current research and demonstration projects.

Arizona State University
Tempe Campus: University Drive and Mill Avenue,
Tempe, Ariz.
(480) 965-9011 External Link Icon

Northern Arizona University
South San Francisco Street
Flagstaff, AZ 86011
(928) 523-9011 External Link Icon

University of Arizona
The University of Arizona
Tucson AZ 85721
(520) 621-2211 External Link Icon

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