About NCESD’s Early Support for Infants and Toddlers (previously called Early Intervention)
The NCESD Early Support for Infants and Toddlers (ESIT) team is the Early Intervention Provider Agency for Chelan, Douglas, Grant counties, as well as Nespelem School District. As the Provider Agency, NCESD is responsible for ensuring that support and services – in accordance to the law (the Individuals with Disabilities in Education Action, or IDEA)- are accessible for children ages birth to 3 years old and their support systems. NCESD also serves as the single point of entry for ESIT/Early Intervention referrals (see “The Referral Process” tab for more information).
Early Support for Infants and Toddlers services are designed to enable children birth to 3 with developmental delays or disabilities to be active and successful during their early childhood years and in the future in a variety of settings – in their homes, in child care, in preschool or school programs, and in their communities.
The NCESD ESIT/Early Learning team provides the following services to infants and toddlers with developmental delays:
Vision and hearing
If you have a concern about your child’s development and would like to schedule a meeting or receive more information, contact us here.
Parents, families, child care providers and medical providers can all make a referral to Early Support for Infants and Toddlers (Early Intervention).
Parents, families, child care providers and medical providers can all make a referral to the ESIT program when there is a concern about a child’s development. Read this handout for developmental milestones to look for in children by age.
What does the Referral Process Look Like?
Once a referral is received by our ESIT/Early Intervention team, a Family Resources Coordinator (FRC) will contact the family in order to gather more information and to determine the next steps for evaluation to determine eligibility and whether the child could benefit from early intervention services.
Make a Referral
Those interested in making a developmental referral may complete the form below or download the PDF file. Providers can fax a referral form to 509-888-1968.
Washington State Family Resource Coordinators support and assist families to identify priorities then find and coordinate resources in the community to match those priorities.
The FRC may also coordinate:
The initial intake process for the family a Child’s evaluations
The development of an Individual Family Service Plan (IFSP) to address your child and family’s needs,
Information about resources available in your community to support your child and family
A transition plan to community programs including preschool special education
To be eligible, a child must have a 25% delay or show a 1.5 standard deviation below his or her age in one or more of the developmental areas including physical, cognitive, communication, social emotional or adaptive skills. A child may also be eligible if he or she has a physical or mental condition such as Down’s Syndrome that may have a high probability of developmental delay.
We provide our services in the child’s natural environment, including:
Other immediate environments natural to the child and family
Our ESIT/early intervention services are available in a secure virtual format as well.
We believe that parents and caregivers know their children best. It is our goal to work collaboratively with parents and caregivers to share ideas, strategies and information about your child’s development.
The support that children with developmental delays and their families receive is provided by a whole team. Our ESIT team members may include:
Family Resource Coordinator
Early Intervention teacher
Speech Language Pathologist and Speech Language Pathologist Assistant
Washington State Early Support for Infants and Toddlers
Early intervention services during the first three years can make a big difference in a child’s life. The Early Support for Infants and Toddlers (ESIT) program provides services to children birth to age 3 who have disabilities or developmental delays.
ECTA Center Part C – Program for Infants and Toddlers with Disabilities
The Program for Infants and Toddlers with Disabilities (Part C of IDEA) is a federal grant program that assists states in operating a comprehensive statewide program of early intervention services for infants and toddlers with disabilities, ages birth through age 2 years, and their families.
When a child has a delay in development, services are available throughout the state. The Washington State Early Support for Infants and Toddlers program coordinates a statewide effort to help families get the services they need.
Infants and Toddlers who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing
You have just learned that your child has a hearing loss. This may be an overwhelming time, but you are not alone. There is help and support available for your child and family. This pamphlet will help you find answers and begin to explore the choices available for your child and family.
There are many steps you can take to create the type of partnership and relationship that you want with your child’s doctor. This booklet gives suggestions and ideas for getting started with a new doctor and also for improving a partnership that you already have.
As part of the historic Move Ahead Washington transportation bill, passed in March 2022, a school-based bicycle safety education program is rolling out to grades 3-8 Physical Education classes across Washington. NCESD has been selected by the grant provider, Cascade Bicycle Club, as a first-year partner and has already delivered bikes to four schools in North Central Washington.
The North Central CCW Network is excited to announce that it has successfully secured $394,000 in grant funding through the Washington State Employment Security Department to support the regional collaborative effort through June of 2025.
Dr. Grant Storey, Career and Technical Education Director, Dual Credit and Technology Coordinator for the Methow Valley School District was presented with this award for his remarkable efforts to modernize and enhance career and technical education in the Methow Valley.