Early Intervention

When your child has a disability or a developmental delay there is always so much to learn. Our Early Intervention Program has a deep commitment to providing high quality home- and community-based services to infants and toddlers with delays and disabilities. 

We operate with a diverse team of qualified professionals, speaking 11 different languages, led by a director with more than 25 years of experience working in the field.  This team includes licensed physical, occupational and speech therapists, licensed and certified social workers, licensed psychologists, certified special educators, and experienced service coordinators.

We're here to support the children, as well as educate the parents. University Settlement's service coordinators provide a comprehensive orientation to the Early Intervention program and help parents to identify their child's strengths and needs as well as desired outcomes. In addition, they continue to monitor and support the child's plan until the child leaves the program.

Our services include:University Settlement Early Intervention

  • clinical assessment
  • occupational therapy
  • physical therapy
  • speech therapy
  • special instruction therapy
  • vision services
  • audiology services
  • assistive technology device and services
  • nutrition services,
  • psychological services
  • social work and service coordination
  • and family training and counseling 

Families are encouraged to become partners in their child's intervention plan, and are taught everyday activities to help reinforce learning.

Our enrollment and the services we provide have steadily increased over the years, and now we serve more than 350 children throughout Manhattan and the Bronx.

Many services are available in Spanish, Mandarin and Cantonese.

Some availability in German, Punjabi, Urdu, Greek, Haitian Creole, Serbian, Croatian,  French,  Russian, Tagalog and ASL.

Important Information about the New York State Early Intervention Program:

The Early Intervention Program is funded and regulated by the NYS Department of Health and the New York State Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (NYSDOH). University Settlement is a State-approved provider under contract with the NYC Department of Health. The New York State Early Intervention Program (EIP) is a public program funded by New York State and county governments for infants and toddlers with special needs. Children with diagnosed conditions that lead to developmental 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 their delays are serious enough. If you have concerns about your child's development, you can call the Early Intervention Program in your area to refer your child. All children must be referred to the municipality to access Early Intervention Program Services. (If you live in New York City, call 311 and ask for "Early Intervnetion.") Someone else can help you make the referral to the Early Intervention Program if you wish. Eligibility for the Early Intervention Program can be determined only by State-approved evaluators under contract with the municipality. If your child is found to be eligible for services by someone approved to perform this evaluation, you, an NYC Department of Health (NYCDOH) staff representative, and other team members will make a plan to help your child – and your family. Early Intervention services in your IFSP authorized by NYCDOH are provided at no cost to you. NYCDOH will arrange for the services to be provided and will choose the provider based on the needs of your child and family. If your child has health insurance, your child's health insurance may be used to cover some of the costs. All other costs for EIP services are paid for by NYCDOH 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 the Early Intervention services only. The EIP does not pay for day care or other fees charged by community settings. 


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