Category: Early Starts

Increasing Participation in Early Intervention Programs: A review of the literature

Author(s):
Anna Erickson, Robin Jacob, Katja Robinson
Key Findings:

We identify a number of best practices for increasing access and participation. For physicians and child care providers these include:

  • training in and use of a standardized screening tool
  • clear procedures for referral and follow up
  • clear messaging for families about the value of early intervention



Best practices for families include:

  • providing services in a natural setting
  • peer to peer mentoring or pairing
  • engaging parents as partners in the intervention
  • service integration
Of the children who were identified with a possible delay—only 65% of children who were identified with a possible delay received a referral, and only 51% of those who were referred actually followed through with the referral.” Page 6