Early Supports and Services Eligibility


To be eligible for Family Centered Early Supports and Services children must meet one of three criteria:



ESTABLISHED CONDITION – a child with a diagnosed physical or mental condition that has a high probability of resulting in a developmental delay, even when no delay exists at the time of referral.



DEVELOPMENTAL DELAY – a child who has one or more of the following atypical behaviors documented by qualified personnel and the family:

  • extreme fearfulness or other modes of distress that do not respond to comforting by caregivers;
  • self-injurious or extremely aggressive behaviors;
  • extreme apathy;
  • unusual and persistent patterns of inconsolable crying, chronic sleep disturbances, regressions in functioning, absence of pleasurable interest in adults and peers, inability to communicate emotional needs;
  • persistent failure to initiate or respond to most social situations; or
  • a child who has a 33% delay in one or more of the following areas: physical development, including vision and hearing;
  • cognitive development;
  • communication development;
  • social or emotional development; or
  • adaptive development.


AT RISK FOR SUBSTANTIAL DEVELOPMENTAL DELAY – a child and his or her parents experience 5 or more of the documented conditions or circumstances from the two lists below.


Child Factors:

  • birth weight less than 1500 grams;
  • respiratory distress syndrome;
  • gestational age less than 27 weeks or more than 44 weeks;
  • asphyxia;
  • nutritional problems that interfere with growth and development; or
  • intracranial hemorrhage grade III or IV.

Parent Factors

  • Documented developmental disability
  • psychiatric disorder;
  • family history of lack of stable housing;
  • parental education of less than 10th grade;
  • social isolation;
  • documented substance addiction;
  • age of either parent less than 18 years;
  • parent/child interactional disturbances; or
  • founded child abuse/neglect.


Monthly Income Limits: None

Resource Limits: None

Other Eligibility Criteria: None



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