Early detection is the key to addressing issues that can be more effectively managed if discovered sooner rather than later in a child’s life. The Arizona Early Intervention Program (AzEIP)  serves children from 0 to 3 years of age in Arizona. AZEIP serves children who are experiencing delays in achieving typical milestones or have an established condition that may result in developmental delay(s) in the areas of:

  • Physical
  • Cognitive
  • Language
  • Social/emotional
  • Self-help skills

UCP is a designated provider for AzEIP in the Northwest, Northeast and Central regions of Maricopa County. At the beginning of 2017, UCP served close to 900 children and families in Region 1, Region 2 and Region 4 with teams of professionals for each region who work in collaboration with families to identify the needs  and strengths of the family and child.

Steps for the first 45 days after your child is referred to AzEIP

Raising Special Kids Refers

Raising Special Kids assigns an agency that provides early
intervention in your neighborhood


UCP TIP

Agency Calls

An agency calls to provide information about early intervention and make an appointment for a screening


UCP TIP

Service Coordinator Starts

A service coordinator comes to your home within 10 days to complete your child’s screening


UCP TIP

Evaluation

If your child qualifies for the program, an evaluation team is assigned based on your family’s concerns, interests, and priorities for your child.


UCP TIP

Eligibility Determined

Two team members will evaluate your child and will tell you if your child is eligible during the evaluation.


UCP TIP

Meeting for IFSP

A meeting to develop the Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP) occurs to determine what services your child needs

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HOW DOES EARLY INTERVENTION WORK AT UCP?

The AzEIP Approach Is A Team-Based Approach

If a family decides to enroll their child in AzEIP, the family is assigned a core team of professionals made up of a service coordinator and possibly a developmental specialist, occupational therapist, physical therapist, and/or speech and language pathologist to ensure all areas of a child’s development are supported. Depending on a child’s needs, a child’s service coordinator may come from another agency besides UCP. Although a feeding therapist is not required by AzEIP for a complete team, UCP provides this service to provide holistic care. Each UCP team meets weekly, providing opportunities to collaborate and coach one another on how best to serve a child. In order to make sure a child receives support after the age of 3 years old, UCP Teams work collaboratively with local school districts, Early Head Start, and other early education providers to determine a child’s needs.

The AzEIP Approach Is A Natural Learning Opportunities Model

Following the AzEIP principal that infants and toddlers learn best through every day experiences and interactions with familiar people in familiar contexts, UCP provides services in homes, daycares or community settings throughout 3 regions of Maricopa County that span from the northern edge of South Mountain, stretch up to New River and Aguilla, reach as far east as Cave Creek and Payson’s southwest border and extend west to Surprise and Litchfield Park.

HOW TO MAKE A REFERRAL TO AzEIP

Anyone can refer a child to AzEIP ! Once a referral is made, families can choose whether or not they want to participate. You are able to refer a child to AzEIP in two ways:

  1. Use the AzEIP Online Referral 
  2. Contact by phone using local AzEIP office, using the Find AzEIP Office