Frequently Asked Questions
How does Early Intervention work?
Anyone concerned about a child's development can make a referral to Child and Family Connections. A Service Coordinator will meet with the child's parent(s) or guardian(s) to listen to their concerns and assist them in choosing the most appropriate Early Intervention specialists to evaluate their child.
If the child is determined to be eligible, the service team will develop individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP) that is designed to address the specific priorities and concerns of the family. It explains what the family wants for the child and how everyone will work together to reach the goals the team develops.
After a service plan is implemented, it is updated regularly until the third birthday or until services are no longer needed.
When and where do services take place?
Early Intervention services are provided at a convenient time for the family and in familiar places where the child learns and plays (like the family's home, child care center, or the park.)
What services do you offer?
Developmental therapy, Speech Therapy, Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, and Hearing/Vision Services. We also provide Assistive Technology, and Medical Diagnostic Testing.
What counties do you serve?
CFC #24 serves the following counties: Perry, Jackson, Union, Alexander, Pulaski, Johnson, Massac, Pope, and Hardin
How much do services cost?
Program funds cover the costs for evaluations/ assessments to determine if a child is eligible for Early Intervention Services. These funds also pay for planning and coordinating services.
Early Intervention services are paid by health insurance or program funds. Families may be charged a fee based upon their family size and income.
What happens when my child turns three?
At age two-and-a-half we begin the transition of children into preschool services. Children often go to Head Start, Pre-K, or Special Education Programs at their local school district.