At age three, children can receive early intervention services through early childhood special education programs offered through the public school system. At no costs, children with disabilities are entitled to receive special education services through the public school system from age three to 22 years old.
Support from the start
The Tennessee Early Intervention System (TEIS) is a program that provides services to children ages birth up to age three (0-3) who have disabilities or other developmental delays. TEIS does not create a financial hardship for families because services are provided at no cost to families. It is the right of every infant and toddler to receive an eligibility evaluation and service coordination (at no cost to families).
After receiving a referral, the TEIS program will set up a developmental evaluation. To be found eligible, your child must meet the guidelines for prematurity, or upon evaluation show a 25% delay in two (2) developmental areas or a 40% delay in one (1) area.