Preschool Early Intervention Program 

IU 13 believes parents are a child's most important teachers. Staff members work together with parents and families to help young children learn and grow. The Early Intervention Program of IU 13 serves children 3 to 5 years old who need specially designed instruction due to one of the following:

  • Autism
  • Deaf/Blindness
  • Developmental Delay
  • Emotional Disturbance
  • Hearing Impairment (including Deafness)
  • Mental Retardation
  • Multiple Disabilities
  • Orthopedic Impairment
  • Other Health Impairment
  • Speech or Language Impairment
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Visual Impairment (including Blindness)

Screenings, evaluations, and services are free to parents. Depending on a child’s needs, services are provided at one of the many IU 13 sites throughout Lancaster and Lebanon counties, local daycare and preschool programs, or in your home.

If you think your child may need early intervention services, call the IU 13 Referral Hotline at 717-606-1601 for Lancaster and Lebanon counties or toll free at 888-745-0771.

Lancaster and Lebanon County Early Intervention Interagency Coordinating Council

IU 13 is a member of the Lancaster and Lebanon Early Intervention Interagency Coordinating Council (LICC), a network of parents, professionals and community agencies that support Early Intervention services for infants, toddlers, preschoolers and their families.

The Early Intervention Services System Act, (Act 212), passed by the Pennsylvania General Assembly in 1990, is the state entitlement for early intervention services for eligible infants, toddlers and preschoolers. Act 212 requires that a statewide system of coordinated, comprehensive, multidisciplinary, interagency programs be established by the Departments of Health, Education and Welfare to provide appropriate early intervention services for all handicapped infants, toddlers and preschoolers.  The State Interagency Coordinating Council was established, along with local groups, to assist families in finding resources to support young children.

Parents are encouraged to become involved with community early intervention systems to establish local coordination of early intervention services and resources, and to provide a local linkage with the State Interagency Coordinating Council.