Early Intervention Information
If you know of a family with concerns about their infant, toddler or preschooler's growth or learning
(birth to age 6), have them call for a free screening.
Services through schools, public health and social services can start at as early as birth.
For more information, contact your community's elementary school principal, county public health,
county social services
Olmsted and Dodge County Early Intervention Resources
Zumbro Education District (507) 775 2037.
Rochester Early Intervention
The birth-3 years old: 507-287-1679
Help Me Grow
Infant and Toddler Intervention Services in Minnesota
Minnesota children from birth to three-years-old who are eligible for the Help Me Grow program can receive services in their home, child care setting or school. These services are free to all families regardless of income or immigrant status.
Early childhood specialists will work with eligible children and families to plan the services and supports they need. These may include:
Special instruction and other services, such as speech, physical and occupational therapy;
Ways that a family can support their child’s development at home; and
Connections to community services and programs.
Young children with developmental delays or with certain diagnosed physical or mental condition or disorder with a high probability of resulting in a delay are eligible, regardless of whether the child is currently demonstrating a need or delay. Conditions include, but are not limited to:
Hearing or vision loss
Infants born at less than 3 pounds 5 ounces
Sickle cell disease
Services are based on the child and family’s needs and priorities. Parents are essential team members in the decision-making process of identifying services for their family. Core services are at no cost to the family include:
Identification and referral
Early Childhood Special Education and related services (i.e. transportation, occupational therapy, physical therapy, speech services).
If you have concerns about your child’s development (in the Rochester area) please call 507-287-1679 (birth through 2 years of age) and 507-287-1585 (2 years to kindergarten) to receive assistance from an early childhood specialist.
You can search the on-line Early Childhood Services Directory for local Help Me Grow early intervention contacts in your county. http://www.health.state.mn.us/divs.fh/mcshn/ecip.htm
Call Arc Southeastern MN for the intake telephone number in your county 507-287-2032 ext 3108, 888-732-8520 ext 3108 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.