Early Intervention Preschool Program


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    Exceptional Beginnings

    Providing programs and services to eligible children ages 3 to 5 with special needs or developmental delays in Westmoreland County
    Questions about our program....
    What is the Early Intervention Program at WIU?  Early Intervention provides support and services to children ages 3 to 5 who are developmentally delayed or have disabilities in Westmoreland County.  
    • Who is Eligible?  Children between the ages of 3 and 5 with developmental delays of 25% or more in at least one of the following areas based on a standardized assessment:
      • Cognitive
      • Communication
      • Physical
      • Self-Help
      • Social-Emotional                                                     

    Children may also be eligible for Preschool Special Education if they meet the criteria for one of the following disability categories AND are in in need of specially designed instruction.  A comprehensive evaluation will determine this. 

    • Deaf/Blindness
    • Autism
    • Emotional Disturbance
    • Hearing Impairment (including Deafness)
    • Intellectual Disabilities
    • Multiple Disabilities
    • Orthopedic Impairment
    • Other Health Impairment
    • Speech or Language Impairment
    • Traumatic Brain Injury
    • Visual Impairment (including Blindness)                                       
    Who Provides These Services?  These services are provided by staff either licensed or certified by the state of Pennsylvania.  All information is confidential.  All services are free of charge. 
    How do I Make a Referral?  Referrals are made by calling the WIU Early Intervention Program at 724-836-2460 or 1-800-327-9487 between the hours of 8:00 am and 4:00 pm.  Referrals for children ages birth to 3 can be made by calling Westmoreland Casemanagement at 724-837-1808.  For children that are over the age of 5 and are enrolled in a school-age program, contact your school district.

     Helpful On-line Resources

    Resource for families with information on developmental milestones and Early Intervention--click link above to see the brochure
    The Early Learning GPS is an online interactive website that helps families learn the most important things they need to know and can do to help their young child grow. Parents responses help to customize tips and resources.  Go to https://www.earlylearninggps.com/ 

    Westmoreland County Head Start Programs

     Click on the link below to find information about Head Start Programs in Westmoreland County operated through Seton Hill Child Services, Inc. (724-836-0099) and Westmoreland Community Action (724-834-1260)
     National Association for the Education of Young Children
    Parent to Parent Of PA
    Links families of children and adults with disabilities or special needs.  Call 1-888-727-2706 or go to www.parenttoparent.org 
    Early Intervention Technical Assistance

         Early Intervention contact information:

    Brandi Binakonsky, Early Intervention Administrator, 724-219-2312, bbinakonsky@wiu7.org

    Justine Phillips, Early Intervention Program Supervisor, 724-219-2366, jphillips@wiu7.org

    Denise Knedeisen, Early Intervention Speech-Language Supervisor, 724-219-2366, dknedeisen@wiu7.org