Infant and Parent Services

The Early Intervention Program (EIP) is for parents and caregivers with infants and young children ages 0-6.  This program provides intensive home-based therapy and case management services to families in Kalamazoo County.

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Program Overview

Who

To be eligible for the Early Intervention Program, the child must live in Kalamazoo County and have an active Medicaid plan.

When

By referral.

What

Early Intervention services are provided weekly in the home, school, and/or community. Case Management services are provided monthly in the home, school, and/or community.

Services focus on alleviating concerns identified by the family related to attachment, development and behaviors of the child and to support parents and pregnant women in building a healthy environment and strengthening their relationship with their child. EIP utilizes an Infant Mental Health lens for therapy services, meaning that the parent’s perspective of the family’s needs and the relationship between parent and child are the central focus of services.

Services primarily take place in the home or community with support provided in school/daycare settings, court, physician appointments and family team meetings.

Services work to:

  • Understand the child (and family’s) needs, behaviors, and unique experiences
  • Identify and address barriers to parenting
  • Build a trusting parent-child relationship
  • Bolster parenting skills and effective parent interventions to manage behaviors
  • Help children meet developmental expectations
  • Encourage connected play
  • Link families to community services and resources
  • Support families in building the relationships with one another that they hope

Contact the Early Intervention Program Coordinator, Andrea Penick, at 269-343-1651 Ext. 132 or at apenick@chcmi.org.