Dismiss Modal

Early Intervention Services

The Children's of Alabama Early Intervention Services (CEI) is a comprehensive, family-centered program designed to meet the special needs of infants, toddlers and their families.

CEI provides individualized services to children demonstrating delays in motor, cognitive, language, social/emotional, and/or self-help development as well as those who have a diagnosed medical condition that put them at risk for developmental delays.

CEI Team, Parents, Family

From the very beginning, parents are vital members of the decision making team. Throughout their child's enrollment, parents and other family members are given support and information to help their child reach his/her optimal development.

Ages Served

Children can be served by CEI from birth until they are 36 months old. Once a child is 30 months old, the CEI team assists families to begin the transition phase to prepare for each child's next appropriate environment at age three (i.e., daycare, preschool, Head Start, etc.).


There are no costs to families of children eligible for early intervention services.

Funding is provided through:
Children's of Alabama
Medicaid (when child is eligible)
State Early Intervention funds
Other Funding Sources

What happens now?

  1. Upon referral to CEI, the family is contacted by a CEI team member to schedule the intake and eligibility determination appointment(s).
  2. If eligible for early intervention, the family will then be contacted by a CEI service coordinator to set up the Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP) meeting at which time the family and CEI team determines what services and supports the family and child will need.
  3. Once the IFSP meeting has been completed, the identified services and supports will begin.

The IFSP may be reviewed, added to, or changed by the family at any time by talking with their service coordinator. If not before, the plan will be reviewed 6 months after the initial meeting and then again 1 year after the initial meeting. The needs of infants, toddlers and their families change quickly during these first three years but the team at CEI is here to help provide whatever support and encouragement is needed.

Children's of Alabama Early Intervention Services
3600 Ridgeway Drive
Homewood, AL 35209

Phone: 205-638-6820
Fax: 205-638-6063