Information for Families about AzEIP
- Learn more about the AzEIP Mission and Key Principles
- Here are some more Frequently Asked Questions
- Learn more about the Team-Based Early Intervention Information and Materials
- You’ve got rights: Procedural Safeguards/Family Rights
- Need resources? We’ve got them here: Resources for Families
See AzEIP in Action
- Here is a look at an initial visit from AzEIP
- The AzEIP screening process
- What happens if the team does not propose an evaluation?
- Why should I provide consent for my insurance?
The following are some frequently asked questions families ask about early intervention.
Early Intervention is professionals working in partnership with parents and families of children with special needs, to support their children’s growth, development, and learning. Early Intervention happens in places where children and families live, learn, and play; the families’ natural environments.
The Arizona Early Intervention Program is the statewide system of supports and services for families of children, birth to three, with disabilities or developmental delays. The AzEIP system is collaboration of activities by the following AzEIP Participating Agencies:
- Department of Economic Security (DES)
- DES/Arizona Early Intervention Program (DES/AzEIP)
- DES/Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD)
- Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS)
- Arizona State Schools for the Deaf and the Blind (ASDB)
- Arizona Department of Education (ADE)
- Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System (AHCCCS)
Research tells us that the first three years of a child’s life are critical years for learning. Early care and education have a long-lasting impact on how children develop. During a child’s first three years, it is important to focus on a child’s developmental needs and take advantage of your child’s natural ability to learn.
Your child’s future growth and development are greatly affected by his or her first three years of life. You, as parents, know your child best, and can make sure that these years are wonderful times to laugh, play, and learn from and with your child.
By learning what your child will be doing at different ages, you will become a better informed parent, able to take pleasure in your child's growth, yet alert to any possible problems in development. Trust your instincts and feelings as you watch your child grow. Remember, it never hurts to ask questions. Your doctor can answer any questions you may have about your child's growth, and AzEIP is available if you have concerns about your child's development.
The information on this website can help you learn more about how babies grow, and help you better understand how the AzEIP System can help your family. There are even suggestions on ways that you can become involved with AzEIP.
For more information about early intervention services, click on the following topics:
On behalf of my own child and family:
- What to Expect from Team Based Early Intervention Services (100 KB PDF)
- Attend trainings from Raising Special Kids
On behalf of other children and families:
It is a parent’s right to thoroughly understand all activities and written records about their child. It is also the policy of the Department of Economic Security (DES) is to provide quality and timely language assistance services to clients with Limited English Proficiency (LEP) to ensure meaningful access to programs, services, and activities.