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Welcome to the Early Intervention!


The first three years of life are the most critical in a child's development. There are typical signs of growth and development, and each child learns and grows differently. Parents are often the first to notice when their child is not learning or growing like other infants and toddlers. Sometimes, as they grow, children may have trouble seeing, hearing, talking, walking or have other special needs. That's when Early Intervention can help.

Early Intervention has four goals:

  • to enhance the development of infants & toddlers with disabilities;
  • reduce educational costs by minimizing the need for special education;
  • minimize the likelihood of institutionalization and maximize independent living;
  • to enhance the capacity of families to meet their child’s developmental needs.

We offer parents information about child development, activities to enhance development and referrals to community resources which provide services to children under the age of 3 and their families.

If your child is determined eligible, services may include:

  • Developmental screenings, assessments and evaluations
  • Home visiting
  • Service coordination
  • Link you to specialized services your child may need (i.e. Physical, Occupational & Speech therapies)
  • Assistance with transition to preschool
  • Family Support
  • Development of an IFSP (Individualized Family Service Plan
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Baby Bill of Rights

Sing, hum, babble, or even read the funnies to me! I don’t know what you're saying, but I need to hear you.   And I do know what you mean, even if I may not know the words.  Like your voice tones mean, “I love you”, or when you yell, I hear, “You're a pest!” Unless you communicate with me, how can I learn?  I learn from you.

Everything is so big and new to me. I don't understand where I am.  Or who I am. And I get scared, but when you hold me, your heartbeat makes me feel I belong here. I belong to you.

I don't cry to get you upset or get you mad. I cry because I can't tell you how I feel any other way. Maybe I'm cold...or wet...or hungry...or scared...or lonely. Answer my cries, you'll soon know what each one means.

You'll help me be a better baby and make you happier, too.

Like me.  Love me just as I am. Don't expect me to do what I can't do. Like being toilet-trained. My muscles aren't ready yet. I know I'm messy. But I'm growing. Overlook my baby weakness. You're the most important person in my world. I can't make it without you. So get to know me. Have fun with me, and love me...just as I am.

Ottawa County Family and Children First Council

Ottawa County Family and Children First Council or OCFCFC promotes coordination and collaboration among local governmental social service agencies, non-profit organizations, businesses and families for the benefit of Ottawa County’s families and children. They review and sort existing programs, retool existing programs so they lead to better results for families and reinforce each other; identify and fill service gaps; develop a local service coordination plan, and maintain the accountability system which demonstrates progress on achieving Ohio Family and Children First goals. In other words, the council helps families work with a number of agencies to reach solutions that help children reach their full potential.

Early Childhood Coordinating Committee

The Early Childhood Coordinating Committee or ECCC is a committee of the OCFCFC.   The ECCC assists the FCFC in the design, coordination and implementation of the comprehensive, coordinated, interdisciplinary, family-centered Early Intervention system of services for families with an infant or toddler at risk for or with developmental delays.  The ECCC committee of the FCFC may choose to address broader early childhood issues.  Composition of the ECCC shall include representatives of local agencies and services that meet the needs of all infants and toddlers including children who are minority, low-income, homeless, in foster care or live in inner city and/or rural communities.



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