Focus offers Early Intervention Services in Eagle River
Are you concerned about your baby’s development? Because all babies are different, they rarely do the same thing at the same age. As a result, it's not unusual for families to have questions or concerns about their child's development. You may wonder; Why isn't my son sitting up? Why isn't my daughter crawling? Why doesn't my son talk like other children his age?
You can read the child find brochure "Developmental Milestones Chart" for some general guidelines or developmental milestones. It's important to keep in mind that all children develop differently and at their own pace.
Focus Outreach provides early intervention / Infant learning programs to assist families with special needs.
The early years of a child’s life are critical. During the infant and toddler years, children’s bodies and brains grow quickly. Some children and families face special challenges and extra help does make a difference. In Eagle River & Chugiak, on Elmendorf and Fort Rich, Cordova (Prince William Sound Infant Learning Program) and Valdez Infant Learning Program FOCUS is the agency that works in respectful partnerships with families in offering Infant Learning services.
Early Intervention / Infant Learning Program in Alaska
The State of Alaska recognizes the challenges and rewards of living and working with young children with disabilities. We (Alaska’s families, teachers, therapists, medical professionals, and administrators) share the goal of maximized development for all children, especially those experiencing disabilities. We also recognize the importance of early diagnosis and services.
The Alaska Statewide Early Intervention / Infant Learning Program (EI/ILP) assures that infant learning services are available for families with children under three years of age throughout Alaska. Early Intervention services are federally regulated by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). This federal law was first passed in 1986, offering funding for states to evaluate and then serve children they determined eligible for early intervention services.
In Alaska EI/ILP is housed in the Department of Health and Social Services, in the Office of Children Services.
If you have questions about your baby's development and/or the Early Intervention / Infant Learning Program in Alaska please call FOCUS at (907) 694-6002.