Information for Families

The following are some frequently asked questions families ask about early intervention. 

What is Early Intervention?
What is the Arizona Early Intervention Program?
Why is Early Intervention important?
How can I Be Involved?
What If I don’t understand English?



What is Early Intervention?

Early Intervention is professionals working in partnership with parents and families of children with special needs, to support their children’s growth, development, and learning.  Early Intervention happens in places where children and families live, learn, and play; the families’ natural environments.

What is the Arizona Early Intervention Program?

The Arizona Early Intervention Program is the statewide system of supports and services for families of children, birth to three, with disabilities or developmental delays. The AzEIP system is collaboration of activities by the following AzEIP Participating Agencies:

Why is Early Intervention important?

Research tells us that the first three years of a child’s life are critical years for learning. Early care and education have a long-lasting impact on how children develop. During a child’s first three years, it is important to focus on a child’s developmental needs and take advantage of your child’s natural ability to learn. 

Your child’s future growth and development are greatly affected by his or her first three years of life. You, as parents, know your child best, and can make sure that these years are wonderful times to laugh, play, and learn from and with your child.

By learning what your child will be doing at different ages, you will become a better informed parent, able to take pleasure in your child's growth, yet alert to any possible problems in development. Trust your instincts and feelings as you watch your child grow. Remember, it never hurts to ask questions. Your doctor can answer any questions you may have about your child's growth, and AzEIP is available if you have concerns about your child's development. 

How do I know if my child needs early intervention?

How do I refer my child to AzEIP?

What happens when my child is referred to AzEIP?

The information on this website can help you learn more about how babies grow, and help you better understand how the AzEIP System can help your family. There are even suggestions on ways that you can become involved with AzEIP.

For more information about early intervention services, click on the following topics:

How Can I Be Involved?

On behalf of my own child and family:

On behalf of other children and families:

What If I don’t understand English?

It is a parent’s right to thoroughly understand all activities and written records about their child. It is also the policy of the Department of Economic Security (DES) is to provide quality and timely language assistance services to clients with Limited English Proficiency (LEP) to ensure meaningful access to programs, services, and activities.  

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