The Early Intervention Program (EIP) is a public program for infants and toddlers with special needs. Children with diagnosed conditions that lead to development delays such as Down Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, Autism, etc., are eligible for the EIP. Children with no diagnosis who have delays in development may be eligible for the EIP if delays are serious enough.
If you have concerns about your child’s development, you can call your local Early Intervention Program using the following contact information:
- ALBANY COUNTY: 518.447.4820
- RENSSELAER COUNTY: 518.270.2665
- SARATOGA COUNTY: 518.884.4180
- SCHENECTADY COUNTY: 518.386.2815
- WASHINGTON COUNTY: 518.746.2400
Early Intervention Services are authorized by your county and provided at no cost to you. The county will arrange for the services to be provided and will choose the provider based on the needs of your child and family. Your child’s health insurance may be used to cover some of the costs. All other cost for Early Intervention services are paid for by your county and New York State.
Early Intervention Services are provided where it’s best for the child – in places such as your home, day care or other community settings. The EIP covers the cost of early intervention services only. The EIP does not pay for day care or other fees charged by community settings.
The Unity Sunshine Program is approved by New York State and has contracts with Albany, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Schenectady and Washington counties to provide the following early intervention services:
- Service Coordination
- Speech and Language Therapy
- Occupational Therapy
- Physical Therapy
- Special Instruction
- Social Work
- Family Training
To learn more about the Unity Sunshine Program, call 518.271.6777 or call/text 518.238.8666.