Early Childhood

What is Early Childhood?


Early Intervention (EI) builds upon and provides supports and resources to assist family members and caregivers to enhance children's learning and development through everyday learning opportunities.


Key Principles

  1. Infants and toddlers learn best through everyday experiences and interactions with familiar people in familiar contexts.

  2. All families, with the necessary supports and resources, can enhance their children's learning and development.

  3. The primary role of a service provider in early intervention is to work with and support family members and caregivers in children's lives.

  4. The early intervention process, from initial contacts through transition, must be dynamic and individualized to reflect the child's and family members' preferences, learning styles and cultural beliefs.

  5. Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP) outcomes must be functional and based on children's and families' needs and family-identified priorities.

  6. The family's priorities, needs and interests are addressed most appropriately by a primary provider who represents and receives team and community support.

  7. Interventions with young children and family members must be based on explicit principles, validated practices, best available research, and relevant laws and regulations.


Resource Partners

EI Hearing Services: Courtney Sprang

  • Family Child Learning Center

  • 143 Northwest Ave, Bldg. A

  • Tallmadge, OH 44278

  • Phone: 330.633.2055

  • Fax: 330.633.2658

  • csprang@akronchildrens.org

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If you feel like your child may have a delay, please complete the online referral form through Ohio Early Intervention.  Please use the below referral link for children birth-3 years.  If your child is 3 years or older, please call 740-397-4607.