OUR SERVICES

Early Intervention:

Service Coordination  

Your Alliance Service Coordinator will:

  • Recognize and respect your family as your child's first and most important teacher.

  • Work with you to set goals.

  • Monitor your child's development and progress.

  • Monitor services in such areas as movement, language and communication, social and play skills, problem solving and self-help.

  • Provide parent education and support, including identification and referral to community resources.

  • Assist your child and family in transition to appropriate services at age three including Department of Education funded Preschool services.

 

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Eligibility 

Infants and Toddlers (birth to three years of age residing in Allegheny County) who:

  • Have a 25% delay or who score 1.5 standard deviations below the mean in one or more areas of development. 

  • Have a diagnosis or condition that has a high probability of leading to a developmental delay.

  • Have a determination from specialists that there is a delay even though it does not show up on an assessment. (Informed Clinical Opinion)

  • Are "at risk" of developing a delay due to any of the following:

    • Birth weight less than 3 pounds 5 ounces (1500 grams)

    • Stay in a hospital Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)

    • Born to chemically dependent mothers

    • Involvement with Children, Youth and Family Service

    • Confirmed high lead level

 

How to Get Started 

If you are concerned about your child's development or would like to know more about Early Intervention services, contact the Alliance at 412-885-6000 or fill out this contact form. Referrals for Early Intervention services can be made by parents or guardians. With parental permission, physicians, medical personnel, other community agencies and other family members can also make referrals to the Alliance.

 

Child Welfare Program: 

The focus of the Child Welfare Program is to provide early childhood developmental support for The Office of Children, Youth and Families (CYF) caseworkers.  Under the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (CAPTA 2007), it is recommended that children involved with CYF under 5, not already involved with Early Intervention Services, should receive a developmental screen when they are accepted for service. There is an Alliance support person known as an Early Childhood Liaison (ECL) in each of the 5 Allegheny County regional CYF offices to support this screening process. The ECLs complete the Ages & Stages Questionnaire-3 and The Ages & Stages Questionnaire SE-2 on behalf of CYF as part of their assessment protocol.

 

Additional Alliance support staff known as an Early Childhood Assessor (ECA) is available to complete Developmental Observations for children under 3 whose cases are in the investigative stage and have not been accepted for services. The ECA goes along with the CYF caseworker during one of their investigative visits to observe development, provide early childhood resources and assist in referrals to early intervention if needed.