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Child Outcomes

Child Outcomes Step-by-Step

This video describes and illustrates the three child outcomes adopted by the Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) and reported on by all state early intervention (Part C) and preschool special education (Part B/619) programs as part of their Annual Performance Report (APR).

Outcomes for Children Served through IDEA’s Early Childhood Programs

Child outcomes for Federal Fiscal Year 2014 are reported by the Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center.


Click here to go to the list of documents.

The Early Learning Guidelines for Children Birth to Age 3

Click here for a good resource on normal development for both EI families and professionals.


Click here for information regarding the use of e-fax in Early Intervention.

EI - A Guide for Families 

Do you wonder if your child’s development is on target for her age? Most delays are nothing to worry about, but in some young children, delays can signal a special need. This guide is written for families with questions about their infant or toddler’s development.

EI - Extended Services for Families

EI - Extended Services for CFC and Providers

Illinois Early Intervention Systems of Support  

Learn more about the systems that support Illinois Early Intervention in this interactive graphic that highlights the key stakeholders that work together to support children and families in Illinois Early Intervention, by exploring an overview of who they are, what they do, where to find their key resources, and how to contact them.  This tool is a great reference for anyone new to early intervention!

Printable version Illinois EI System of Support  (pdf)

IMPACT for Early Intervention

A powerpoint presentation about enrolling in IMPACT for Early intervention Providers. /coehs/provider_connections/podcasts/IMPACT%20for%20Early%20Intervention.pptx

Live Video Visits (Telehealth) Resources

The Illinois Early Intervention Clearinghouse  has resources relating to Telehealth.

The Illinois Early Intervention Training Program  has resources relating to Telehealth.

Natural Environments

Early Intervention services are authorized through Part C of the  Individual with Disabilities Education Act  (IDEA) . Services are to be provided in "natural environments," which are defined as "settings that are natural or normal for the child's same age peers who have no disabilities." Examples of natural environments include, but are not limited to the home, child care centers, parks, shopping areas, and other community locations. The Early Intervention Provider Handbook contains information about natural environments.

The Illinois Early Intervention Clearinghouse has resources relating to Natural Environments.

The Illinois Early Intervention Training Program has resources relating to Natural Environments.

The National Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center (NECTAC) has a section devoted laws, regulations, principles, and practices regarding Natural Environments.

New to EI Forum

Individuals new to the early intervention system often have questions to arise. The Early Intervention Training Program offers another level of support: New to EI Forum! On the first Tuesday of each month, from 3-4 pm, new providers will have the opportunity to ask questions about our field and our work. EITP team members and partners will be available to answer your questions and provide clarification, guidance and support as you familiarize yourself with the EI program beyond the Systems Overview.

Professional Associations

Illinois Developmental Therapy Association

Illinois Occupational Therapy Association

Illinois Physical Therapy Association

Illinois Speech and Hearing Association

Provider Information

Quick Links

Stress and Trauma in Young Children

The Illinois Early Intervention Clearinghouse  has resources relating to Stress and Trauma.


Transition Q&A: A summary of questions regarding the Transition Process.

The Illinois Early Intervention Training Program has resources relating to Transition.

The Illinois Early Intervention Clearinghouse has resources relating to Transition.


Provider Connections

Contact Info

Provider Connections
Center for Best Practices in Early Childhood Education
20 Horrabin Hall
Western Illinois University
1 University Circle
Macomb, IL 61455

Phone:  800-701-0995
Fax:  309-298-3066

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