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OCDEL Clarification for EI Eligibility
December 18, 2013

The Office of Child Development and Early Learning (OCDEL) has released two documents intended to clarify practices, provide guidance, and ensure consistency in the process of determining when an infant, toddler, or preschool age child is eligible for Early Intervention (EI) program services. Results of program verifications, analysis of data, and discussions with early intervention leaders has shown a need for clarification. The documents address such topics as the role of diagnostic instruments and standard tests, and the role of informed clinical opinion in forming a determination regarding difficult-to-measure aspects of current developmental status and the potential need for early intervention services.

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