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Early Childhood Education

ECI Frequently Asked Questions

How much do services cost?

ECI is a state and federally funded program through the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA, P.L. 108-446), ECI provides evaluations and assessments, at no cost to families, to determine eligibility and need for services. Families and professionals work as a team to plan appropriate services based on the unique needs of the child and family. ECI asks families who can afford to do so, to share in the cost of services. The amount a family pays for ECI services is determined using a sliding fee scale and is based on family size and income after allowable deductions.. No child and family will be turned away because of an inability to pay. Families with children enrolled in Medicaid , do not pay for any ECI services. The following services are provided at no cost to the family regardless of income:

  • Evaluation/assessment, Development of the Individual Family Service Plan (IFSP), Case Management, Translation and interpreter services

 What if a child is age 3 or older?

Services are available for children and young adults with a disability, ages 3 through 21, through your local school district. A referral for assessment may be made by contacting the director of special education for your local school district. The telephone number can be found in the white pages of the phone book.