Making a Referral to Early Intervention

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Anyone can refer a child to early intervention. The program relies most on “primary referral sources” such as parents, physicians and other health care providers, child care providers, social service agencies, and early learning programs.

  • Find a local CFC office: First, talk with the family about your concerns and ask them about any concerns they may have about their child. Call their local Child and Family Connections (CFC) office to request a developmental evaluation. Find a local CFC office or call (800) 843-6154. A printable list of the CFC offices is found on the Provider Connections website.
  • When possible, please use the standard referral form and fax the completed forms to the family’s local Child and Family Connections (CFC) office.
  • Families can find more information about referrals and next steps on our Getting Started page.
  • The Early Intervention Training Program’s Early Intervention Referral module includes in-depth information on using the standard referral form to refer children to EI.

Once you have made a referral to the program, it is up to the family to decide whether they want to participate.

Publication date: 2023