How are Early Intervention Services Provided?

Birth to Three services are based on seven key principles:

  1. Infants and toddlers learn best through every day experiences and interactions with familiar people in familiar contexts.
  2. All families, with necessary supports and resources, can enhance their child’s learning and development.
  3. The primary role of the service provider in early intervention is to work with and support the family members and caregivers in a child’s life.
  4. The early intervention process, from initial contacts through transition, must be dynamic and individualized to reflect the child’s and family members’ preferences, learning styles and cultural beliefs.
  5. IFSP outcomes must be functional and based on a child’s and family’s needs and priorities.
  6. The family’s priorities, needs and interests are addressed most appropriately by a primary provider who represents and receives team and community support.
  7. Interventions with young children and family members must be based on explicit principles, validated practices, best available research and relevant laws and regulations. 

There is a primary coach assigned to each family who provides supports and resources to assist families and caregivers in promoting child learning during everyday activities in their home and community.


 Birth to 3 Program - Guiding Principles