By Marty Smith, MA
Infant and Toddler Intervention Services Coordinator
Minnesota Department of Education
Children engage in different activities at different ages. Some babies sit without support at six months while others need help for a few more months. Some toddlers start talking when they are a year old. Others might take longer to say their first words.
If you have concerns about your baby's or toddler's hearing, seeing, talking, feeding, walking or handling toys, talk with your child's doctor. You can also search the Minnesota Department of Health's online Directory to find contact information for the Infant & Toddler Intervention Program in your area. Or call 651.582.8883 to learn about infant and toddler intervention services as well as other related services in your area.
The Minnesota Departments of Education (MDE), Health (MDH) and Human Services (DHS) work together with local Early Childhood Intervention Committees (IEICs). These committees are made up of public health nurses, county social services and early childhood teachers and help to provide coordinated services and funding for each eligible child and his or her family.
Each local IEIC has designated one person for you to contact about infant and toddler intervention services in your community. The contact is usually a health or education professional. Please see the "Related Information" on the right for more information.