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) 344-4723.
- 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.