Author: Anne Marie Cellante, MSEd & Jenna Lequia, PhD

Under Part C of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA, 2004), the Early Intervention Program (EIP) provides supports and services for infants and toddlers with developmental delays and/or disabilities and their families. The Division for Early Childhood of the Council for Exceptional Children (DEC) recommends practices that promote the active participation of families throughout the early intervention process.  As such, professionals who work within the EIP need to develop trusting partnerships with the families they serve. The overall purpose of this online learning module is to provide information about the components of an effective family-professional partnership, as well as strategies to support and strengthen these partnerships.

These online learning modules are part of the New York State Systemic Improvement Plan (SSIP), Improving Family Centeredness Together (IFaCT) Project, aimed to improve family-centeredness in early intervention. The project is funded by the New York State Department of Health Bureau of Early Intervention.