The primary focus of early intervention is family education, training and support. The program is designed to enable parents and other caregivers to assess their child’s developmental needs, incorporate educational and therapeutic strategies into daily routines and utilize available community resources.
Children between birth and three years of age who exhibit a developmental delay or are at risk for a developmental delay because of health or environmental conditions are eligible for early intervention. Early intervention specialists including; educators, therapists, social workers, mental health clinicians, and nurses work with families to develop strategies to incorporate intervention objectives into their daily routines. Services are provided in the family’s home, the child’s early education and care program, the early intervention center or other community locations where the child and family spend time.
Criterion sponsors nine early intervention programs (EIPs) located in Boston and its suburbs, as well as Central and Western Massachusetts. The combined enrollment of the Criterion early intervention programs currently exceeds 7,000 families annually. Services are provided by a staff of over 350 child development professionals. Each program is funded by private health insurance and the Department of Public Health (DPH).
The Criterion Child Enrichment Early Intervention Programs:
1. Criterion – Boston Early Intervention Program
25 Willow Street
West Roxbury, MA 02132
Boston Neighborhoods Served -- Mattapan, Roxbury, Hyde Park, Jamaica Plain, Dorchester, Roslindale, West Roxbury, South End
2. Criterion – Stoneham Early Intervention Program
8F Henshaw St.
Woburn, MA 01801
Towns Served -- Stoneham, Melrose, Reading, North Reading, Wakefield
3. Criterion – Medford Early Intervention Program
214 Commercial St.
Malden, MA 02148
Towns Served -- Medford, Everett, Malden
4. Criterion – Heritage Early Intervention Program
30 Old Lyman Rd.
S. Hadley, MA 01075
1581 N. Main St.
Palmer, MA 01089
Towns Served -- Holyoke, Chicopee, South Hadley, Granby, Ludlow, Southampton, Belchertown, Ware, Palmer, Monson
5. Criterion – Middlesex Early Intervention Program
651 Franklin St.
Framingham, MA 01701
Towns Served -- Ashland, Dover, Framingham, Holliston, Hopkinton, Natick, Sherborn, Sudbury, Wayland
6. Criterion – Valley Early Intervention Program
375 Fortune Blvd.
Milford, MA 01757
68 Church St.
Whitinsville, MA 01588
Towns Served -- Bellingham, Blackstone, Douglas, Franklin, Grafton, Hopedale, Medway, Mendon, Milford, Millbury, Millville, Northbridge, Sutton, Upton, Uxbridge
7. Criterion – Wachusett Early Intervention Program
31 Lake St.
Gardner, MA 01440
Towns served -- Ashburnham, Barre, Gardner, Hardwick, Hubbardston, New Braintree, Oakham, Princeton, Rutland, Templeton, Westminster, Winchendon
8. Criterion – Worcester Early Intervention Network
330 Plantation St.
Worcester, MA 01604
480 Main St.
Holden, MA 01520
Towns served -- Auburn, Boylston, Holden, Leicester, Paxton, Shresbury, W. Boylston, Worcester
9. Criterion – Riverway Early Intervention Program
91 Main Street
Greenfield, MA 01301
228 King Street
Northampton, MA 01060
Towns served -- Amherst, Ashfield, Athol, Bernardston, Buckland, Charlemont, Chesterfield, Colrain, Conway, Cummington, Deerfield, Easthampton, Erving, Goshen, Greenfield, Hadley, Hatfield, Hawley, Heath, Leverett, Leyden, Monroe, Montague, New Salem, Northampton, Northfield, Orange, Pelham, Petersham, Phillipston, Plainfield, Rowe, Royalston, Shelbure, Shutesbury, South Deerfield, Sunderland, Warwick, Wendell, Westhampton, Whately, Williamsburg and Worthington