Early Intervention &
Therapy for all Ages and Needs

Publicly-Funded Early Intervention Preschool Services (ages 3 to 5 years)

If your child reaches age 3 and remains eligible for Early Intervention services, he/she will "transition" to services provided by your local school district or intermediate unit (regional educational service agencies connected to each school district). The Early Intervention agency that is providing services to your child begins planning the transition with the family when the child is 2 ½ in order to make it as smooth as possible.

There are some differences between Infant and Toddler services and Preschool Early Intervention:

  • Preschool Early Intervention is provided in a school, home or community setting – and must be provided in the "Least Restrictive Environment" (LRE) for the child.
  • Preschool Early Intervention focuses on educational goals through specialized instruction
  • An Individual Education Plan (IEP) replaces the Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP)
  • Service coordination is not mandatory.

If your child was NOT enrolled in Infant/Toddler Early Intervention services but you would like him or her to be evaluated for Preschool Early Intervention services, you may request an evaluation at any time once your child reaches 2 years, 9 months old and until the 5th birthday and age-eligible for kindergarten.

Resource Contact Information

Intermediate Unit 3 (IU 3) DART Program
Serves Allegheny County outside the city of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh Public Schools (PPS) Early Intervention
Serves Allegheny County outside the city of Pittsburgh
Serves the city of Pittsburgh and Mount Oliver

See the Education section of this Guide for more information about publicly- funded Preschool Early Intervention services (add link).