Mission and Key Principles

Early Intervention (EI) Colorado provides a team of support for families that puts the child at the center. Professionals offer support for families but the family is always in control of what support(s) they receive. 

The mission and key principles for providing Early Intervention (EI) Colorado services are the foundation of how EI Colorado services are organized and delivered. They are intended to help all program staff gain insight and work in partnership with the Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP) team members participating in the process. 


Part C Early Intervention builds upon and provides support and resources to assist family members and caregivers to enhance children’s learning and development through everyday learning opportunities.

Key Principles

  • Infants and toddlers learn best through everyday experiences and interactions with familiar people in familiar contexts.
  • All families, with the necessary supports and resources, can enhance their children’s learning and development.
  • The primary role of a service provider in early intervention is to work with and support family members and caregivers in children’s lives.
  • The early intervention process, from initial contacts through transition, must be dynamic and individualized to reflect the child’s and family members’ preferences, learning styles and cultural beliefs.
  • IFSP outcomes must be functional and based on children’s and families’ needs and family-identified priorities.
  • The family’s priorities, needs and interests are addressed most appropriately by a primary provider who represents and receives team and community support.
  • Interventions with young children and family members must be based on explicit principles, validated practices, best available research, and relevant laws and regulations.