• Early Intervention Services

    Preschool Special Education is designed to help children with special needs before they enter Kindergarten. 

    • Free screening and developmental assessments for children whose families, pediatricians, or others have concerns about the development of a child in the 3-5-year age range.
    • A multidisciplinary team of certified/licensed early interventionists assesses each child’s learning strengths and needs and recommends eligibility for special education programming.
    • An Individualized Education Plan (IEP) is developed for children found to be eligible for special education services.


    Preschool children can receive many types of services if they have an identified disability or a developmental delay in at least one of the following areas of development:

    •  communication
    •  motor
    •  cognition
    •  social/emotional
    •  adaptive 

    The IEP developed for each child includes services tailored to meet each child's individual needs. Services that could be provided include:

    •  special education instruction
    •  speech and language therapy
    •  occupational and/or physical therapy
    •  vision services
    •  hearing services
    •  audiological services
    •  psychological services and family training
    •  assistive technology
    •  transportation 
    DCIU's preschool special education services are free to eligible children in Delaware County. 
    The process begins with a telephone call from the child’s parent or legal guardian to the Preschool Special Education Department. A secretary will record some basic information and ask about learning concerns. A screening packet will then be sent to the family in the mail, to be completed and returned to the Early Intervention office. Based on this information, DCIU will contact the family for further assessment.


    1. Parents: Complete the online intake form. Providers (e.g., pediatricians): Fax your referral to (484) 424-0332.
    2. Upon receipt of the online intake form, DCIU will email the parent a screening packet. If providers include an email address when they fax the referral, DCIU will email the online intake form to the parent. If providers do not include an email address when they fax the referral, DCIU will mail the intake form and screening packet to the parent.
    3. Upon receipt of the screening packet, a DCIU representative will contact the family to discuss the next steps.


    (484) 423-7000 ext. 6502
    (610) 938-2830 ext. 6503