The Arizona Early Intervention Program provides early intervention services using qualified personnel through:
- AzEIP team-based early intervention services programs,
- the DES/Division of Developmental Disabilities, and
- the Arizona State Schools for the Deaf and the Blind.
Arizona’s First Things First funds Early Childhood Therapist Incentives Programs through the following regional councils: South Phoenix, and Navajo Nation. The purpose of these programs is to provide incentives for Speech/Language Pathologists, Occupational and Physical Therapists, Child Psychologists, and Mental Health Specialists who provides early childhood development services to children birth through age 5 in specified areas of Arizona as determined by the First Things First (FTF) regional councils. Loan repayment amounts range from $15,000 to $25,000 depending upon the type of therapy discipline. In addition, stipend amounts up to $19,000 are available. View more information.
Check out loan forgiveness on the United States Department of Education’s website for other loan forgiveness programs.
IDEA, Part C requires early intervention programs to:
(i) ensure personnel understand the basic components of early intervention services;
(ii) meet the interrelated social or emotional, health, developmental, and educational needs of eligible children, and
(iii) assist families in enhancing the development of their children and in participating fully in the development and implementation of IFSPs.
AzEIP’s Standards of Practice satisfies these requirements. Individuals beginning in early intervention have three years to complete the requirements. For information about all personnel requirements, please see Chapter 6, Comprehensive System of Personnel Development of AzEIP Policies and Procedures and the AzEIP Personnel Qualifications.
AzEIP’s personnel qualifications seek to ensure that personnel are appropriately and adequately prepared to provide early intervention services. Independent of AzEIP, the State of Arizona maintains professional licensure, certification, and/or registration requirements. Below are links to Web sites of the licensing boards for certain disciplines that provide early intervention services: