Your local Early Childhood Intervention (ECI) program is one of many across Texas that is part of the statewide early childhood intervention services network. The state agency responsible for ECI services is the Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services (DARS). DARS contracts with local agencies throughout Texas to provide ECI services. No matter where in Texas you live, there is an ECI program that serves you.
The DARS Division for Early Childhood Intervention Services (DARS ECI) staff and local programs in your community work together to provide early intervention services for families and children. The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) gives states the authority to operate early childhood intervention programs. ECI services are authorized in Part C of the IDEA. All ECI programs must comply with the requirements of the IDEA. DARS ECI receives funding under Part C of the IDEA, as well as from the State of Texas. ECI also receives funds through its collection of payments from sources including Medicaid, CHIP, private insurance, and fees charged to some families.