Early Intervention Division

Family Support Services’ Early Intervention Division provides services to children, ages 3-5, who have presented at least a 25% delay in their cognitive, physical, or social/emotional development. In our Early Intervention Division, we offer two programs: Community Based Early Intervention and Inclusive Center-Based Early Intervention. Services are funded by the Office of Child Development and Early Learning (OCDEL) under Elwyn SEEDS.

Community Based Early Intervention Program: The Community Based Early Intervention Program employs certified teachers to provide direct early intervention services to preschool children with the help of speech, occupational, and physical therapists. Working in a familiar environment for each child, the community early intervention therapists and special instructors provide services in homes, child care centers, preschools, shelters, libraries, and other locations selected by parents/guardians.

Center Based Early Intervention Program: The Center Based Early Intervention Program, located at 5548 Chestnut Street in Philadelphia, provides intensive educational services to children with significant developmental delays in a center-based educational setting. As in the community based program, the center-based students work under the guidance of a certified teaching staff and assistants, along with speech, occupational, and physical therapists.

Program Administration can be located at the 5548 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19139.
Phone: 215-471-3323 or email: earlyintervention@fssinc.org.

 

OTHER IMPORTANT INFORMATION

To Contact the Center Based Early Intervention Program please call 215-471-3320. The program’s fax number is 215-471-3323. Mail should be sent to 5548 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19139, Philadelphia, PA 19104. Email us at earlyintervention@fssinc.org

Preschool and Daycare Listings FSS accepts children with special needs at its Chestnut Street Preschool and Childcare Program at the same site, but space is limited.

FSS suggests that families searching for a developmentally appropriate preschool/daycare setting for their child consult Childcare Information Services (CCIS) at1-888-491-KIDS for an appropriate referral. The web address is www.philadelphiachildcare.org.

Elwyn funds FSS’s EI Center. It receives its funding from the Pennsylvania Department of Education to serve children with special needs through two programs; The Development Center and the Special Education for Early Development Success (SEEDS) program.

 

Have more questions? Read our Early Intervention FAQ!