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Referrals & Services

Who should be referred to Early Childhood CARES?

  • Any child from birth to kindergarten age with developmental concerns may be referred.
  • Areas of concern may include communication, cognitive, motor, self-care or adaptive and social skills.
  • Referrals are made by parents, physicians, public health nurses and preschool teachers with consent from parents.
  • Referrals are made by calling (541) 346-2578 or (800) 925-8694. Or click here to submit an online referral.
  • Parents may self-assess their child’s development by completing the Ages and Stages Questionnaires.
  • Medical providers may refer a child by downloading and completing the EI/ECSE Referral & Referral Feedback Form and submitting it via email or fax to (541) 346-6189.
  • Watch a video to learn how a child’s speech is screened using a questionnaire.

How does a child qualify for services?

  • Parents complete a hearing and vision questionnaire and a developmental checklist. This information is reviewed by a developmental specialist.
  • If the questionnaire indicates the child has delays, an evaluation is recommended.
  • Evaluations will be done at home, at Early Childhood CARES or in the preschool setting.
  • Evaluations are conducted by licensed specialists.
  • Watch a video to learn about an evaluation for early intervention.

What happens after a child is determined eligible for services?

  • Team members identify the child’s current levels of development and what skills the child needs to learn.
  • Team members identify how the child’s educational and family goals will be met and create an Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP).
  • The educational team decides what kind of program would best meet the child’s needs in the “least restrictive” or most typical setting and as close to home as possible.


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