Preschool Early Intervention

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The Early Intervention Program of IU13 provides support and services to children, from age three to age five, with disabilities and the need for specially designed instruction. Children may be eligible for Preschool Special Education by meeting the criteria for one of the following disability categories:

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

For children determined eligible for Preschool Early Intervention, an Individualized Education Program (IEP) is developed to determine the appropriate supports and services. Early Intervention services must be delivered in the setting(s) consistent with the educational needs of the child. Services may be provided in settings such as, but not limited to, local childcare centers, community preschools, Head Start Programs, specialized settings, or in the home.

There is no cost to families or caregivers for Early Intervention screenings, evaluations, or services.

If you think your child may need Early Intervention services, please call the IU13 Referral Hotline at 717-606-1601 for Lancaster and Lebanon counties or toll free at 888-745-0771.

For more information, please call 717-606-1738 or email

For additional information about Early Intervention in Pennsylvania, visit the Pennsylvania Department of Education - Early Intervention website.

Father and daughter playing with blocksLancaster and Lebanon County Early Intervention Interagency Coordinating Council

IU13 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.

Parents are encouraged to become involved with community early intervention systems to establish local coordination of early intervention services and resources.

For more information, please call 717-606-1738 or email