In Pennsylvania, any child between three years of age and the school district’s age of beginners who has a developmental delay or one or more of the physical or mental conditions listed below as identified as an “eligible young child.”
    • Autism
    • Deaf/Blindness
    • Developmental Delay
    • Emotional Disturbance
    • Hearing Impairment (including Deafness)
    • Intellectual Disability
    • Multiple Disabilities
    • Orthopedic Impairment
    • Other Health Impairment
    • Speech or Language Impairment
    • Traumatic Brain Injury
    • Visual Impairment (including Blindness)
    Children who are less than the age of beginners and at least three years of age are considered to have a developmental delay when one of the following exists: (i) the child’s score, on a developmental assessment device, on an assessment instrument which yields a score in months, indicates that the child is delayed by 25% of the child’s chronological age in one or more developmental areas, as documented by test performance of 1.5 standard deviations below the mean on standardized tests. Developmental areas include cognitive, communicative, physical, social/emotional and self help.

    Eligible young children are afforded the same rights under IDEA and 22 Pa. School Code §14 as school age children, in order to determine if they are eligible to receive special education services through the screening and evaluation process. Screenings, evaluations, and services are free to parents. Depending on a child's needs, services may be provided at an IU13 site located in Lebanon county, daycare facilities and preschool programs or in the home. Once a child is determined to be eligible to receive special education, an individualized education program will be developed for the child.

    The Pennsylvania Department of Education is responsible for providing programs and services to eligible young children under Act 212 of 1990, the Early Intervention System Act. If you think your infant or toddler (child age birth-3) may need early intervention services, please call the IU 13 Referral Hotline at 717-606-1601 for Lancaster and Lebanon counties or call toll free at 888-745-0771.