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 while 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. More information is found in A Family Guide to Early Intervention Services in Maryland.
The Maryland Infants and Toddlers Program provides monitoring and technical assistance to 24 Local Infants and Toddlers Programs (LITPs), the Maryland School for the Blind (MSB) and the Maryland School for the Deaf (MSD). 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 Local Infants and Toddlers Programs, 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.
Framework for Implementation
- The Maryland State Department of Education serves as the State lead agency for administration of the statewide early intervention system.
- As the State lead agency, the Maryland State Department of Education has entered into interagency agreements with the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, the Department of Human Resources, and the Office for Children, Youth, and Families to define the roles and responsibilities of each agency in the statewide system of early intervention services.
- To support the statewide system of early intervention services under Part C, the State lead agency identifies and coordinates all available resources within the State, including funds from Federal, State, local and other sources (e.g., Medical Assistance, Early Periodic Screening Diagnosis and Treatment (EPSDT), Office of Children’s Health, Part B of the IDEA, State General Funds, and local education funds).
Maryland Infants and Toddlers Program: Local Service Delivery
- Local Infants and Toddlers Programs (LITPs), composed of local departments of education, health, social services, and other public and private providers identified by each jurisdiction, constitute the service delivery component of the statewide early intervention system.
- Local lead agencies receive funds (Part C and Part B) through Local Implementation Grants, awarded annually by the State lead agency to support the coordination and provision of early intervention services in each jurisdiction. The State is required to ensure an equitable distribution of funds to all geographic areas within the State.
- Early intervention services are provided through an Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP), which is developed within 45 calendar days of referral to the Single Point of Entry.
Maryland’s Extended Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP) Option
Maryland’s Extended IFSP Option offers families the choice to remain on an IFSP beyond their child’s third birthday, if their child is determined eligible for preschool special education and related services as a child with a disability. The extension of IFSP services beyond age three, to the beginning of the school year following the child’s fourth birthday, incorporates the strength of the special education/preschool education program with the existing infants and toddlers family-centered model. The Extended IFSP Option moves Maryland toward its mission of creating a seamless birth through 5 early childhood intervention and preschool special education system of services.