The Bureau of Early Intervention within the Illinois Department of Human Services is the lead agency for services for children birth to age three with developmental delays or disabilities and their families in Illinois. This page was developed in response to questions received from providers, but is only meant to answer basic questions. Please visit the EI partner pages for more comprehensive information.

Professionals interested in becoming an early intervention provider can learn about the EI system in Illinois through this interactive module (PDF also available).

Credentialing and Application

Application Process

  • This video provides an overview of the process of completing an application for an Illinois Early Intervention Credential.
  • Provider Connections credentials, enrolls, and provides technical support to EI providers. The Credentialing Overview provides lists credentialed and non-credentialed services provided through EI.
  • This Credentialing Q & A helps to answer common questions about the credentialing process.

Interpreters/Translators

  • Bi-lingual interpreters and translators are very important partners in the EI program. The Early Intervention Training Program’s comprehensive Interpreter/Translator page includes information on testing and training requirements and related FAQs.
  • This Provider Connections video discusses the application process for bilingual interpreters/translators in early intervention.

Evaluators

  • Provider Connections credentials and enrolls providers who wish to provide initial evaluations to determine eligibility for EI services.
  • This video describes the enrollment process to become a credentialed and enrolled evaluator.

Reinstating Lapsed Credentials

  • Providers whose credentials have lapsed may re-apply for reinstatement by completing the Reinstatement Application and other requirements.

Professional Development

Billing, Documentation, and Forms

Additional Resources

EIC tip sheets are written for families. We have several series that will help families understand the EI system and support their young children. All our tip sheets are available in English and Spanish.

  • EI Basics tip sheets include information to help families navigate their EI experience from assessment to transition and everything in-between.  
  • Everyday EI tip sheets provide fun and easy ideas to help families work on EI outcomes in everyday routines.
  • Child Development tip sheets provide information about the development of young children.  
  • COVID-19 tip sheets describe live video visits and how families and providers can work together virtually.