Early Intervention Colorado Eligibility
If you have, or anyone who knows your child has concerns about your child’s development, Early Intervention (EI) services may help. You may request a no cost evaluation and/or assessment at any time to help answer your questions about your child’s development.
Community Centered Boards (CCBs) are local agencies throughout Colorado that are responsible for implementing the local EI Colorado program and processing referrals for EI services.
Call 1.888.777.4041 to contact a CCB or contact your local CCB to make a referral. You may also use the referral form.
If you are moving or need to contact an early intervention program outside of Colorado you can find other state contacts here.
Within seven days of the referral date you will be contacted by a service coordinator and that person will work with you to discuss next steps which may include scheduling an evaluation and/or assessment. Information gathered from the evaluation and the intake process will be used to determine your child’s eligibility. Unless you request a later date, the evaluation and/or assessment, and initial Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP) for eligible children must be completed within 45 days of the referral date. You must give permission before any evaluation of your child occurs.
Your child and family may receive EI services if your child is determined to have a significant delay in one or more areas of development, has been diagnosed with a condition that will likely result in a significant delay in development, or is living with a parent with a developmental disability as determined by the CCB. EI Colorado works with a panel of physicians to establish physical or mental conditions that have a high probability of resulting in a significant level of developmental delay. EI Colorado maintains the database of all diagnosed conditions.
If your child is not eligible for EI services, your service coordinator can connect you with additional community resources at your request. If concerns or needs arise in the future, you may re-refer your child to the early intervention program at any time until your child’s third birthday. Staying on Track.
Physical & Medical Conditions
Examples of such conditions include:
- Chromosomal syndromes and conditions (such as Down Syndrome, Fragile X, Chromosomal deletions and duplications)
- Congenital syndromes and conditions (such as Spina Bifida, Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, Central Nervous System malformations)
- Low birth weight infants weighing less than 1,200 grams (less than 2 lbs., 10 oz.)
- Metabolic disorders (such as hypothyroidism [untreated], Lipidoses)
- Postnatal acquired problems resulting in delays in development, including but not limited to severe attachment disorder
- Prenatal and perinatal infections resulting in significant medical problems (such as HIV, intrauterine exposure to toxic substances, Cerebral Palsy, Meningitis)
- Sensory impairments (hearing or visual impairments)
Infants and toddlers with a significant delay in development in one or more areas are eligible. Children who are believed to be delayed in one or more developmental areas will need to have an evaluation to determine initial eligibility for Early Intervention Colorado.
The six developmental domains are:
- Babbling / talking (communication)
- Moving (physical or motor)
- Hearing / seeing (sensory)
- Learning (cognition)
- Playing and interacting (social emotional)
- Self-help skills (adaptive development)