Early Intervention (Birth to 3)

Early Intervention (Birth to 3)2021-08-24T16:33:29-07:00

About Early Intervention

The Early Intervention Provider Agency in your community is responsible for ensuring that Early Support for Infants and Toddlers Services (ESIT) are provided according to the law; the Individuals with Disabilities in Education Act or IDEA. Early Intervention PRovider Agencies are the single point of entry for early intervention referrals.

Early Intervention 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 North Central Educational Services District (NCESD) provides early intervention services to infants and toddlers with developmental delays in the following areas:

  • Social emotional
  • Communication
  • Motor
  • Cognitive
  • Self-help
  • Vision and hearing

NCESD is the Early Intervention Provider Agency for school districts in Chelan, Douglas, Grant Counties and Nespelem School District.

If you have a concern about your child’s development and would like to schedule a meeting or receive more information, contact us here.

The Referral Process

Parents, families, child care providers and medical providers can all make a referral to the Birth-3 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 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.

Format Example: 01-01-2010
Please include street, city, state, and zip code.
Format example: 509-665-2610
Format example: 509-665-2610

Family Resource Coordination

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.

Our Services

We provide our services in the child’s natural environment, including:

  • The home
  • Childcare
  • The community
  • Other immediate environments natural to the child and family

Our 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.  Early Intervention team members may include:

  • Family Resource Coordinator
  • Early Intervention teacher
  • Speech Language Pathologist and Speech Language Pathologist Assistant
  • Physical therapist
  • Feeding specialist
  • Occupational Therapist
  • Teacher of the Visually impaired
  • Teacher of the Deaf


Chelan/Douglas/Grant Counties
and Nespelem School District

North Central ESD
430 Olds Station Road
Wenatchee, WA 98801

Janelle Bersch
Phone: 509-664-3781
Fax: 509-888-1968

Okanogan County

Bright Start Services
638 Okoma Drive
PO Box 3054
Omak, WA 98841

Shannon Mendoza
Phone: 509-826-1550
Fax: 509-826-1525


Early Intervention Re-Entry Plan

Please find a link to the COVID-19 reopening plan for the NCESD Early Intervention Program below:

Early Intervention Re-Entry Plan (Updated May 24, 2021)

Our Early Intervention (Birth to 3) Staff

Ana Bernal

Ana Bernal

Birth - 3 Special Education Teacher

Anna Munsey

Anna Munsey

Speech Language Pathologist

Brian Wilgus

Brian Wilgus

Occupational Therapist

Candie Sanchez

Candie Sanchez

Lead Family Resource Coordinator/Para

Cheryl Sangster

Early Intervention Nurse

Janelle Bersch

Janelle Bersch

Managing Director, Early Learning

Karla Fahey

Karla Fahey

Autism Consultant/Birth-3 Special Education Teacher

Kerry Sotherlund

Early Intervention Speech Language Pathologist

Leah Harris

Leah Harris

Birth-3 Special Education Teacher

Leticia Mendoza

Leticia Mendoza

Speech Language Pathologist Assistant/Family Resource Coordinator

Lindsey Harvey

Speech Language Pathogist

Liz Williams

Liz Williams

Birth - 3 Social Worker

Luisa Hernandez

Luisa Hernandez

Family Resource Coordinator/Interpreter

Natalie Geisler

Natalie Geisler

Occupational Therapist

Nora Gonzalez

Nora Gonzalez

Family Resource Coordinator/Interpreter

Oralia Banuelos

Oralia Banuelos

Family Resource Coordinator/Para

Rocio McClellan

Rocio McClelland

Speech Language Pathologist

Shana Anders

Shana Anders

Physical Therapist

Streeter, Shelby

Shelby McDonald

Birth - 3 Special Education Teacher

Stephanie Reynolds

Early Intervention Coordinator

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