Community Based Early Intervention Program

Teachers and therapists in Family Support Services’ (FSS) Community Based Early Intervention Program work as a team to provide special education, and speech, occupational and physical therapy to young children. Working in a familiar environment for each child, the Community EI therapists and special instructors provide services in homes, child care centers, preschools, shelters, libraries and other locations selected by parents and guardians.

Children are assessed to determine their specific needs and parents are included in the development of an individualized education plan (IEP) for each child. The IEP is derived from needs assessed through a child’s evaluation report (ER) and team input. Goals and strategies are articulated in the IEP to meet the child’s educational and therapeutic needs. The IEP is based on the results of these child assessment tools which measure the current development and skill level relative to age appropriate developmental milestones of language, fine motor, and gross motor skills. Informed by each IEP, teachers and therapists are able to educate children through fun and educational activities designed to correct developmental delays, enhance lifelong learning and increase educational success.

Enrollment – All children are referred through Elwyn’s Service Coordination (SEEDS). FSS serves children who reside in the Philadelphia area codes of 19102, 19103, 19106, 19107, 19123, 19130, 19145, 19146, 19147, 19148, 19104, 19142, 19143, and 19153.

Referral – To refer your child for a developmental multidisciplinary evaluation (MDE), please call Elwyn’s Intake Department at 215-222-8054. If your child attends a Head Start Program, please discuss your child’s need for a referral with his or her classroom teacher.