Early Intervention

Early Intervention in Kitsap is a collection of services that families may need for their infants or toddlers with disabilities. The ICC membership includes representatives from many of these services.

Early Intervention during the first years of a child's life can make a big difference in the future of that child.

Early Intervention may:

In Kitsap County, the driving force or foundation of all early intervention service delivery is a family-centered approach. Families of infants and toddlers with disabilities are always at the center of service coordination.

Family Resource Coordinators work directly with the families of infants and toddlers to ensure that services:

What Is The Individuals With Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)?

In 1986 Congress passed a law that encouraged states to improve early intervention services. IDEAs that work! This law is now known as Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). The law developed guidelines for states to follow in providing services to families with infants and toddlers with disabilities. Each state decides every year if they can continue to provide early intervention services as defined by IDEA. The Department of Social and Health Services Infant Toddler Early Intervention Program (ITEIP) within the Division of Developmental Disabilities directs the coordination of the statewide system of early intervention services.

Early intervention services are designed to meet the developmental needs of each eligible child and the needs of the family related to enhancing the child's development.

If you need a sign language interpreter, one must be provided for you. If you do not speak English, an interpreter must be provided for you.

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Early Intervention Services Committee

Early Intervention Services (EIS) Committee's focus is on provision, coordination and accessibility of services for children between the ages of birth and six years of age with special needs or developmental delay. The EIS committee is comprised of Family Resources Coordinators, service providers, parents, and other interested community members with a minimum of 5 KICC members. The committee's tasks include resolution of disputes as well as providing advisory guidance. The EIS committee is available to assist in the resolution of disagreements between providers within agencies and between agencies should a dispute arise.

EIS Committee

EIS committee currently meets prior to ICC on the 3rd Thursday of the month (with the exception of July and December) at Kitsap Community Resources from 9:00 am to 10:00 am. For more information please contact Monique Bartoldus, Lead Family Resources Coordinator at (360) 373-2536 or (800) 449-1660.

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Early Hearing Detection, Diagnosis and Intervention Committee (EHDDI)

The Early Hearing Detection, Diagnosis and Intervention (EHDDI) Committee's focus is on the coordination of services for deaf or hard of hearing children in Kitsap County. The committee members represent Early Head Start, Harrison Hospital, Navy Hospital, Central Kitsap School District, Kitsap County Health District, Puget Sound Therapy Services, Holly Ridge Center, Kitsap County Lead Family Resources Coordination and Family Conversations. This positive, collaborative group is dedicated to improving early hearing detection, diagnosis and intervention for children in Kitsap County.

EHDDI committee currently meets on the 4th Wednesday of the month (with the exception of July and December) at Holly Ridge Center from 12 - 1. For more information please contact Kathy Fortner, Infant Toddler Program Director at (360) 373-2536.

To view a flow chart depicting the Kitsap County process for newborn hearing screening, use this link:   Hearing Screening Process.

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ITEIP Public Awareness Materials

The following public awareness materials are available to help families learn and understand their child's development and early intervention services in our community.

    Please Ask, Babies Can't Wait
Please Ask Brochure
Please Ask, Babies Can't Wait is a state brochure and poster campaign which allows for adaptation by individual service areas and is a vital part of Part C public awareness. These materials are available in English and Spanish and camera ready, black and white in: Cambodian, Chinese, Korean, Laotian, Russian and Vietnam. Local providers obtain these materials through the local public awareness contact.
    Parent Rights Brochure
Parent Rights Brochure
Parent Rights Brochure is a document developed in 1995, and amended in 1998, to provide parents with an overview of their rights and procedural safeguards under IDEA, Part C. Brochures are availablein English and Spanish, and copies in Chinese, Cambodian, Vietnamese, Laotian, Russian and Korean. The brochure is available through the local public awareness contact and is handed out as a summary when FRCs and service providers verbally explain parent rights to a parent/family in Washington State.
    A Family's Guide to Early Intervention in Washington State
Family's Guide Brochure
A Family's Guide to Early Intervention in Washington State is a booklet developed in 1995, and amended in 1998, to provide parents and families with a more in-depth description of early intervention services and their rights under IDEA, Part C. This booklet is available in English and Spanish. Camera ready copies are also available in Chinese, Cambodian, Vietnamese, Laotian, Russian and Korean. The booklets are available to parents and service providers through the local public awareness contact.
Family's Guide Brochure
 
    Prescreen Chart
Prescreen Chart is a document developed in 1986, which has been a mainstay of the public awareness program. Colorful and popular, the chart is a guide for development birth through six. It is available in English, Spanish, and Russian. Other languages are available in camera-ready black and white copy.
 

The State Infant Toddler Early Intervention Program has designated the Lead Family Resource Coordinator to order the public awareness materials. With your help, we can assist families in becoming aware of these services by providing them with these materials whenever possible.

You may download the Kitsap and ITEIP Public Awareness Materials Order Form in:
Kitsap:   MicroSoft Excel file format Kitsap in Excel© format (17kb) or Adobe pdf file format Kitsap in PDF© format (52kb)

  ITEIP:   MicroSoft Excel file format ITEIP in Excel© format (21kb) or Adobe pdf file format ITEIP in PDF© format (51kb)

Please complete and send this order form to:

Monique Bartoldus, Lead FRC
5112 NW Taylor Road
Bremerton, WA 98312
Fax: (360) 373 4934
Email: [email protected]

I will get your completed order to you as soon as possible. Please call me at (800) 449-1660 should you have any questions or require additional assistance.

Thank you for your help in reaching out to the families of our community!

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