Background and Summary
Early Intervention (EI) is a statewide system that provides coordinated early intervention services to parents of eligible children under the age of three with developmental delays or disabilities. EI is grounded in the philosophy that young children learn best from familiar people in familiar settings. Every family served in EI has a local EI team that consists of a service coordinator, service providers, and the family. The team works with the family in their home or other places the family spends time to develop a coordinated plan called an Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP). The family and the rest of the team works through the IFSP to use existing supports and resources—and build upon them—to learn to enhance the child’s learning and development.
Data Used in the Analysis
Data and monitoring are key components of any state’s Early Intervention program. As Ohio’s Part C lead agency, Department of Developmental Disabilities (DODD) regularly completes many different data analyses and reporting, including data related to state and federal compliance standards and a variety of other state and local county EI program projects and initiatives. DODD completes analyses of compliance and performance data for reporting to the federal Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) annually. Additionally, DODD annually completes analyses of the number of and sources of referrals to EI; number of children served; eligibility and age of children served; and exiting data, including exit reasons and length of stay. DODD also completes county referral counts and child counts monthly, as well as other ad-hoc analyses. A variety of Ohio EI program data can be found on the Ohio Early Intervention website.
Regularly Updated Early Intervention Data
Each month, DODD updates the EI website with the previous month’s number of referrals to EI and point-in-time child counts (i.e., the number of children served). These data provide a high-level snapshot of two important aspects of the EI program and are broken out by county on the website.