Our Early Childhood & Family Services (ECFS) program provides services to families with children newborn to five years of age who are deaf, hard of hearing or have a suspected hearing loss. We provide information to families and professionals statewide, support the choices that families make to benefit their children and assist them with identifying the resources that will help them meet the individual needs of their infant or young child. Services are provided at no cost to families.
Home visits are offered to families to provide unbiased information about: early childhood development, hearing loss, auditory skills development and amplification, communication and technology options, education and program resources, funding options, networking and mentoring.
ECFS consultants are available for observations and consultations in daycare and preschool settings. We are also available for participation in IFSP and IEP Team meetings. Our program collaborates with the child's IFSP team and provides opportunities for statewide networking for families, providers and agencies. We have a diverse professional staff with the following backgrounds: teachers of the deaf, parent infant specialists, early childhood educators, educational/pediatric audiologist, special educators, and family therapist.