Early Childhood Assessment Team
What is the Purpose of the Early Childhood Assessment Team?
It is widely known that a child’s early life experiences are crucial in the process of development. These experiences lay a foundation in childhood and beyond for learning (cognitive functioning), behavior (social and self-regulatory ability) and physical health. Children are more successful in their educational career and in life when they experience stable relationships with caring and responsive adults, high-quality care, and education in supportive environments.
If you have concerns regarding your child’s development, the state of Illinois Early Intervention Program provides services to support children and families from birth through age three. It is well documented that early intervention services can change a child’s developmental trajectory and improve outcomes for children, families, and communities. It is the mission of his program “to assure that families who have infants and toddlers, birth to three, with diagnosed disabilities, developmental delays or substantial risk of significant delays receive resources and supports that assist them in maximizing their child's development, while respecting the diversity of families and communities.”
ELC member districts recognize and continue to support this critical period of development by providing exceptional early childhood preschool programming for children. These districts offer multiple educational frameworks, in accordance with ISBE guidelines (Illinois State Board of Education), to meet your child’s unique needs and ensure them a free and appropriate public education. These programs serve children between the ages of 3-5 years old (pre-kindergarten) who have an identified disability.
It is the hope of all of the above programs, working together with parents, service providers, educators, administrators, and policy makers, to provide the best possible experiences and outcomes and to help children be well prepared for success in school and in life.