Early Intervention Services FAQ


What are Early Intervention Services?

Early intervention services are provided to children birth through three years of age who are showing delays in their development.  


How will I know if my child needs Early Intervention Services?

After you contact Help Me Grow, an early childhood team will complete a screening and/or an evaluation; assessing your child's development. If your child qualifies for services following the evaluation, a plan will be developed to address your child’s strength’s and needs.


How will my child receive these services?

Most children receive visits from early intervention team members either at home or in childcare. Staff for the Early Intervention Program is based out of the Benton-Stearns Education District in Sartell, MN, however, this staff services children in the following school districts: Sartell, Sauk Rapids-Rice, Foley, ROCORI, Holdingford and Kimball.


Who may be on my child’s early intervention team?

Your child’s team will depend on his or her needs. Team members may include one or more of the following:

  • Early intervention teacher (this teacher is licensed as an Early Childhood Special Education Teacher)

  • Speech-Language Pathologist

  • Physical Therapist

  • Occupational Therapist

  • Teacher of the deaf/hard of hearing

  • Teacher of the visually impaired

  • Autism specialist


All of the above team members have specialized training in working with children who have developmental delays.


Early Intervention Handbook


What if my child is over the age of 3?

Children age three and older, should be referred to their local school district. If the child is identified as having a developmental delay are serviced in their local school districts in an Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE) program or integrated in the District's Learning Readiness/Preschool program. Districts vary slightly on their program model, but services are available in each district. Listed below are the districts and the buildings which house their ECSE programs:


  • Sartell – District Service Center 320-656-3701

  • Sauk Rapids/Rice – Hillside Early Childhood Center -320-255-8901

  • Rice Elementary – 320-393-2177

  • Foley Elementary –320- 968-8540

  • Kimball Elementary –320- 398-5425

  • ROCORI – District Education Facility - 320-685-4035

  • Holdingford –320- 746-2221


Still have questions?

Need more information?  Check out- Preschool Special Education link at www.helpmegrowmn.org

Contact: Sue Currens, Early Childhood Supervisor 320-257-7350 

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