Families - Young Athlete Resources

      • Overview of Early Intervention: Early intervention is intended for infants and toddlers who have a developmental delay or disability. Eligibility is determined by evaluating the child (with parents’ consent) to see if the little one does, in fact, have a delay in development or a disability. Eligible children can receive early intervention services from birth through the third birthday (and sometimes beyond).
      • Individual Family Services Plan: This explains the benefits of an IFSP, legal requirements, and the process involved in developing an IFSP.
      • Creating an ISFP or IEP: Very often, parents are the only or best source of information about their child’s strengths and the impact a disability has on their child’s development or learning ability. The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) mandates that parents be equal members on the team that evaluates their child’s abilities and creates an individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP) or Individualized Education Program (IEP) to meet the unique needs of their child. 
      • Dept. of Education (MITP): The Maryland Infants and Toddlers Program (MITP) directs a family-centered system of early intervention services for young children with developmental delays and disabilities and their families.
      • MD Children’s Health Program: The Maryland Children’s Health Program (MCHP) gives full health benefits for children up to age 19. MCHP enrollees obtain care from a variety of Managed Care Organizations (MCOs) through the Maryland HealthChoice Program.