Early Childhood Intervention (ECI) services are provided by the state under the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) to help promote the development and growth of children age 0-3 with developmental disabilities and other mental and physical disabilities. ECI services are delivered by a network of local ECI providers across Texas that have been selected by our Health and Human Services Commission. Local providers and HHSC operate under the requirements of  IDEA, and the federal government gives money to states to establish and maintain an ECI system available in all communities.

If your child is younger than 3 years old and is not progressing in her growth and development as you would expect, she may be eligible for ECI services. Disability Rights Texas provides advocacy services to parents of young children who may need evaluations, ECI therapy services, or help with transitioning to school.

The resources provided on this page are to inform you about eligibility, services, and rights so that you can advocate on behalf of your child. If you are facing barriers to getting what your child needs, you may contact us to apply for our services.

These resources are provided for informational purposes only and are not a substitute for the advice of an attorney.

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Handouts

Transitioning from ECI Services to a Local School

If your child receives ECI services, they will graduate from ECI on the day they turn three. It is important that, upon exiting ECI, your child properly transitions to a setting that will continue to provide the supports and services that they need to succeed. Continue reading Transitioning from ECI Services to a Local School

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What is Early Childhood Intervention

Disability Rights Texas Handout To request this handout/publication in Braille or as an audio file, contact us. What is ECI? ECI services are services to help promote the development and growth of children age 0-3 with developmental disabilities and other mental and physical disabilities. ECI services are delivered by a network of local ECI providers… Continue reading What is Early Childhood Intervention

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Requesting an ECI Investigation or Due Process Hearing

This handout briefly explains Early Childhood Intervention (ECI) services, what a state investigation and a due process hearing are, and how an investigation or a hearing might help your family to obtain ECI services to assist your infant or toddler with a disability. A sample letter to ask for either a state investigation or a due process hearing is included. Continue reading Requesting an ECI Investigation or Due Process Hearing

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Videos

Texas Fails to Provide Services to Young Children with Disabilities

Call Disability Rights Texas if your child has been denied services, waitlisted, or needs help with transitioning to school…. Continue reading Texas Fails to Provide Services to Young Children with Disabilities

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