The North Carolina Early Intervention Branch (NCEI) is a part of the N.C. Division of Public Health. It is the lead agency for the N.C. Infant-Toddler Program (ITP). The Infant-Toddler Program provides supports and services for families and their children, birth to three who have special needs. Research shows that this time period is critical.
ECAC is a private non-profit organization that is operated by and staffed primarily with parents of children with disabilities and special health care needs. We have an extremely diverse staff and strive to bring multiple perspectives to our work. I hope our information reflects our commitment to ALL parents and ALL children and collaboration intended to improve the education and lives of our children.
The mission of the Exceptional Children Division is to ensure that students with disabilities develop intellectually, physically, emotionally, and vocationally through the provision of an appropriate individualized education program in the least restrictive environment.
Your involvement… in developing an effective and appropriate Individualized Education Program or IEP for your child is essential to your child’s success. While IEPs typically cover a 12-month period, they help to create the foundation for your child’s future. Think of the adult your child will become. When planning, think well beyond just one year.
The Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning (CSEFEL) is focused on promoting the social emotional development and school readiness of young children birth to age 5. CSEFEL is a national resource center funded by the Office of Head Start and Child Care Bureau for disseminating research and evidence-based practices to early childhood programs across the country.