TRANSITION TO PRESCHOOL EDUCATION

BCIU Early Intervention services help families maintain a smooth transition from the Mental Health/Mental Retardation (MH/MR) (birth to age 3) Early Intervention Program into the BCIU Preschool (ages 3 to 5) Early Intervention Program.

What services are available?
Early Intervention services are recommended based on a child’s unique needs and are provided to enable a child with a disability to gain access to and participate in the general education preschool curriculum and related activities. Services may include education and related services such as speech therapy, occupational therapy, and physical therapy. Services may be delivered in a large group, a small group, or in an individual setting.

How does my child qualify for services?
In order to qualify for preschool special education services, a child must have a diagnosis/delay and need specially designed instruction to gain access to a general educational curriculum.

Does Early Intervention make my child eligible for medical assistance?
No, your child must meet the Social Security insurance disability criteria to be eligible for medical assistance.

What does it cost?
Special Education services are provided free of charge through the Pennsylvania Department of Education.

Will I be able to keep my current therapist/provider?
The Berks County Intermediate Unit does not typically use providers of infant/toddler early intervention services.

Where are services provided?
Services are delivered in the least restrictive environment in which your child’s educational needs can be met. The BCIU provides services at sites throughout Berks County.

Are child care services available through the preschool Early Intervention Program?
Preschool Early Intervention is a special education program based on a child’s needs; it is not child care. For information on child care resources within the community, please contact BCIU Child Care Information Services at 610-987-8444 or toll free at 800-257-3038.

>>Download a Transition to Preschool brochure.



contact: Early Intervention Program – 610-987-8543