Early Childhood

We support infants and toddlers through Early Intervention (0-3 years old)

Early Intervention (EI) Services are for children younger than 3 and their families. In Ohio, early intervention is a statewide system with coordinated supports at the local level.

The Early Intervention team helps with priorities related to your child’s development and finds ways to support your child during everyday activities.

EI is grounded in the philosophy that young children learn best from familiar people in familiar settings.


Contact Ohio's Help Me Grow Central Intake and Referral System

To see if your child is eligible for Early Intervention, contact Ohio’s Help Me Grow Central Intake and Referral system at

You can also complete the secure, web-based referral form by clicking here. Make sure to have the following information:

Make sure to have the following information:

  • Child’s name, age and county of residence
  • Contact information for parent or legal guardian, including first and last name, address, email address and/or phone number

Once your child is determined eligible for services, an Early Intervention Team will support you and your family.


Early Childhood Services (3-5 years old)

Together you will find ways to use your existing supports and resources—and build upon them—to learn to enhance your child’s learning and development. Children and their families will transition when they complete needed services or when the child turns age three, with supports to move on to the next phase of growth and development.

Early Intervention is one of the programs administered by the Hamilton County Family and Children First Council (FCFC). 

For children who have completed Early Intervention, early childhood services may be available until the child’s sixth birthday. Click the learn more below for children ages 3-5 who have not been enrolled in Early Intervention.


Learn more about your Early Intervention team and the services they provide in the EI Parent Handbook