We begin early to finish strong! Although all babies learn and grow at their own rate, some children need extra support. Since babies grow and learn so quickly, it is important to get help as early as possible. Early intervention is key.
The Maryland Infants and Toddlers Program (MITP) directs a family-centered system of early intervention services for young children with developmental delays and disabilities, and their families. By recognizing each family's concerns and priorities and focusing on each child's strengths and needs, the MITP assists families of children with special needs during the first four years of the child's developmental journey. Support, information, and coordinated services in community settings are what families tell us enhance their ability to manage the challenges and celebrate the gifts that each child has to offer.
The MITP provides monitoring and technical assistance to 24 local Infants and Toddlers Programs (LITPs)
throughout Maryland. These programs are composed of local departments of education, health, social services, and other public and private providers identified by each jurisdiction. LITPs constitute the service delivery component of the statewide early intervention system. Through the LITPs, services are offered throughout the State and are designed to enhance a child’s potential for growth and development before he or she reaches school age. Services may include: audiology, physical therapy, occupational therapy, transportation, speech-language pathology, family training, special instruction, assistive technology, health services and home visits.
Anyone can complete a referral to the Maryland Infants and Toddlers Program for children younger than 36 months who live in Maryland. Visit referral.mditp.org. If you, a health care provider or other early care provider has a concern about your child’s development, make a referral to Maryland Infants and Toddlers Program. Visit the MITP online referral website
. The earlier the better.
A Family Guide to Early Intervention Services in Maryland
Local Infants and Toddlers Programs Points of Contact
Making Access Happen Toolkit: A repository of supports, learning modules and resources, designed to provide a personalized, interactive learning experience for practitioners, providers and families in the support of evidence-based practices in early childhood settings. It has been designed to allow you to tailor your own toolkit and your own experience within the toolkit, based upon your current experience and needs.