Early Intervention System
While all young children grow and change at their own rate, some children experience delays in their development. Special health conditions may also affect a child´s development. Minnesota´s Follow Along Program will help you know if your child is playing, talking, growing, moving, and acting like other children the same age.
If you have concerns about a child´s development, accessing early intervention services as early as possible will ensure the best outcomes for these children. Minnesota's Early Intervention System, Help Me Grow, includes two programs for eligible children:
- Infant and Toddler Intervention provides special services and support for children ages birth to three years and their families
- Preschool Special Education services provide educational support for children ages three to five years.
Eligible children can receive services in their home, child care setting or school. Services are free to children regardless of income or immigrant status. Early childhood specialists will work with eligible children and families to plan the services and supports they need. These may include:
- Special instruction and other services such as speech, physical therapy, and occupational therapy
- Ways that a family can support their child´s development at home
- Connections to community services and programs