This program provides Early Childhood Intervention, a state and federally funded program through the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. ECI supports families to help their children reach their potential through development services.
ECI of Metrocare Services provides a home- and community-based program of supports and services for eligible families and children ages birth through two years old. Core services include an array of direct treatment to the child, family support services, and linking services. Children under the age of 36 months with a developmental delay, a physical or mental condition that will most probably result in a delay, and those children whose development is "atypical" are eligible for service.
Services are provided in the child's natural environment (where the child lives, grows, and plays) and include, but are not necessarily limited to:
Family Support and Training Services – help families provide encouragement, stimulation, and assistance to the child to aid in development.
Linking Services – help families access needed support and services when child turns three years old
Direct Services – screening and assessment, development therapies (i.e., occupational, physical and speech therapy), special instruction, and other services.
Families who can afford to share the cost of ECI services will be asked to do so. Fees are determined on a sliding scale based on the family size and income. Most families are provided ECI services at little or no cost. If parents are concerned about cost, the best solution is to have their child evaluated by Metrocare's ECI professionals (at no cost), discuss the child's needs, receive an estimate of the family's share of the cost, and discuss possible funding options including private health insurance.