Early Intervention in the CSIU Region

The Central Susquehanna Intermediate Unit (CSIU) provides Early Intervention services to children residing in 17 school districts throughout Columbia, Montour, Northumberland, Snyder and Union counties. The CSIU is one of several regional agencies that operate EI programs as a Mutually Agreed upon Written Arrangement (MAWA) contract holder with the state Office of Child Development and Early Learning (OCDEL).

EI children in the CSIU Region
In the 2015-16 school year, 885 children ages 3-5 are being served by the Early Intervention program, at an allocation of $5,644 per pupil. Of these children, more than half have developmental delays, while 42 percent have a speech and language impairment. Children with autism, and those with a hearing, intellectual, visual, orthopedic or other health impairment make up one percent of the total number of children served.

 Staff
There are various personnel who help children in the Early Intervention program. At the CSIU, that team consists of:
  • teachers
  • educational consultant
  • speech therapists
  • social worker
  • school psychologist
  • occupational therapists
  • teaching assistants
Related services provided to children include:
  • speech and language therapy
  • physical therapy
  • occupational therapy
  • vision therapy
  • deaf/hard of hearing therapy
  • orientation and mobility
  • 1:1 aide support
  • nursing services
Location
Children receive services in inclusive settings 88 percent of the time, which includes the child’s home and the typical preschool/daycare program. Services are provided in a special education setting nine percent of the time.

Financial constraints
Over the past three years, federal reimbursement funds for EI have decreased by 60-80 percent. While other early childhood education programs received state funding increases in recent years, these funds do not support the work of EI; therefore, Pennsylvania children who face developmental issues are being shortchanged.

Early Intervention is a research proven, high-quality program, and it is worth the investment.

For more information about EI programs in the CSIU region, contact:
Terri Locke, Program Supervisor
570-523-1155 ext. 2226
tlocke@csiu.org