Latest data:

FY2013 (October 2012) (FY2014 through FY 2018 in process)

The mission of Illinois’ Early Intervention (EI) program is to assure that families who have infants and toddlers, birth to three, with diagnosed disabilities, developmental delays or substantial risk of significant delays receive resources and supports that assist them in maximizing their child’s development, while respecting the diversity of families and communities.

The target group is children under three years of age who are experiencing developmental delays in one or more of the following areas: cognitive development; physical development; language and speech development; psychosocial development; and self-help skills. The purpose is to support families in promoting their child’s optimal development and to facilitate the child’s participation in family and community activities. EI services include, but are not limited to: developmental evaluations and assessments, physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech/language therapy, developmental therapy, service coordination, psychological services, and social work services.

Source of definition:

View definitions of data variables related to DHS Early Intervention.

Illinois Department of Human Services Early Intervention Program, Number of children served

The total number of children (<1 yr, 1 yr, and 2 yrs of age) served by the Early Intervention (EI) program of the Illinois Department of Human Services (DHS).

Source of data:

Illinois Department of Human Services (DHS) Early Intervention program

Geographic region:

These data are available by state and county.

Note:

Data on the number of children in the Early Intervention program are available by a number of different counts. The data reported here present the number of children for whom an Individual Family Services Plan (IFSP) has been developed. This most accurately represents the number of children who are actually receiving services. The data are point-in-time data for a date in October of the fiscal year. For additional information on the Early Intervention program, see the EI program page on the DHS Web site.

Note:

Data suppression: For privacy reasons, IDHS Early Intervention data on the number of children served are not reported for areas in which there were fewer than 10 children served.

Because data are not reported for all counties, the sum of counties does not equal the total number of children served for the state as a whole.

Yearly differences in data definitions/descriptions

For past years, there are some differences in the data definition/description, compared to the most recent year. These are indicated here.

Note:
  • FY2018 data: In FY2018, there were 107 children who received early intervention services at sites outside the state of Illinois.
  • FY2017 data: In FY2017, there were 189 children who received early intervention services at sites outside the state of Illinois.
  • FY2016 data: In FY2016, there were 232 children who received early intervention services at sites outside the state of Illinois.
  • FY2014 data: For FY2014, data are not available by county. The number of children served for the state of Illinois was 20,342. In the online database, selecting the year 2014 will result in a display of the data for the year 2013 (i.e., the latest year available as of 2014).