What We Do
Early Intervention at BECEP is a support and service program designed to help families with children with disabilities and/or developmental delays. The goal of this program is to improve a child's development and to increase involvement in family and community life. By partnering with families, we provide them with tools and support they need to help their child be successful.
Infants and toddlers learn by using new skills in day-to-day activities. That is how Early Intervention is different than school or therapy for older children. The learning that occurs for the young child is because of what happens between visits with professionals.
Supports and services are provided by Early Interventionists through visits with the child and parent or caregiver during regular activities. The amount of support or service that a child and family receive depend on their needs. Visits can take place in a number of places, such as the home, at a child's daycare, out in the community, or at a playground. Early Interventionists perform different roles such as coach, instructor, or direct service provider and use a variety of intervention over time.
Participation in Early Intervention is voluntary. The program is built on the following beliefs:
- Families are their child's first and best teacher.
- Information and emotional support help families care for their children.
- Service and supports are designed around and promote family strengths.
- Service and supports occur in the context of the child and family's day-to-day activities.
- Services and supports are individualized in an Individual Family Service Plan.
Who We Serve
Infants and Toddlers ages birth to age 3 qualify for support and service based on one of the following criteria:
- 50% delay in an area of development (cognition, communication, motor, self-help, or social emotional skills)
- 25% delay in 2 or more areas of development
- Diagnosis or disability that impairs typical development
- Significant health condition that puts child at high risk for delays in development
- Vision or Hearing loss
Who to Call
Anyone can refer a child for a developmental evaluation. This includes, but is not limited to parents, grandparents, caregivers, doctors, therapists, daycare providers, and community agencies.
To make a referral:
Developmental Disabilities Division/West Central Human Service Center
Other Contact Information:
720 N 14th St
Bismarck, ND 58501
Counties We Serve
BECEP serves the following counties as Region VII in the ND Early Intervention system:
An "Experienced Parent" in the Early Intervention program is someone who has had a child in Early Intervention and understands what it is like to access the services and supports.
ND State Early Intervention Website (link)
National Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center (link)
zero to three (link)