Early Intervention Information for Families

Family Centered Early Supports and Services (FCESS) is New Hampshire's Early Intervention System, also known as NH's Part C program. FCESS serves children birth to age three who have a developmental delay, an established condition or are at substantial risk for a developmental delay. The goal of FCESS is to support families in helping their children grow and develop, including helping families achieve their own family goals.

Welcome to Family Centered Early Supports and Services

The first three years of a child's life are very important. Children are growing, learning, and developing at a rapid rate.  You are your child's first teacher and are an important part of their development.  If your child is eligible, Family Centered Early Supports and Services can partner with you to support your child's development.  Teamwork between FCESS and families makes all the difference!

FCESS services are provided in a child's natural environment (typically the home or child care setting) by qualified professionals such as physical therapists, occupations therapists, speech pathologists, and early childhood developmental specialists.  the activities your child does and/or enjoys everyday are used to help your child learn.  Having fund and building relationships through play is an important part of the services and support that FCESS provides.

Anyone who has a concern about a child's development can make a referral to FCESS

If anyone has a concern about a child they care for, they can contact their local FCESS provider- this includes parents too!  Sometimes parents feel uncertain whether to call or not; is there really a concern?  Parents should feel comfortable in trusting their instincts and comfortable contacting FCESS to help better understand their child's developmental needs.  After a call (or a "referral") is made to FCESS, the Intake Coordinator from the local agency will contact the caregiver to get more information about the family and child, will explain the process and schedule an intake visit. 

What is Service Coordination?

One of the important roles of FCESS is to help families connect with the supports and services that the family and child need, and  to ensure the family understands their rights in services.  FCESS Service Coordinators are there for families, assisting in the  process and connecting families to resources.