Early Intervention Program (EIP)

Mission Statement

The mission of the Groden Center Early Intervention Program (EIP) is to provide eligible infants and toddlers and their families the support and services needed to improve outcomes written in the Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP). We provide these services in a caring, supportive and knowledgeable manner, respecting the dignity of each child and family enrolled in the program.


Any child who has one or more developmental challenges or diagnostic conditions that are associated with developmental delays. We provide EI services in accordance with the Early Intervention Standards set forth by the EOHHS, the lead agency for EI in Rhode Island, and the RI Regulations that govern the statewide early intervention program.

What is the Groden Center Early Intervention Program (EIP)?

The Groden Center EIP is actually two programs in one.

Full-service EIP:

The Groden Center EIP serves eligible children under the age of three who have been diagnosed with a developmental disability or who may have a developmental delay. The specific services an EI family and child receive is determined by the family and the EI team working together.

Services may include:
• Assessment of the child’s developmental functioning
• The development of an individualized family service plan (IFSP)
• Service coordination
• Monitoring progress, and transition to the local education agency at age three.

The specific services an EI family and child receive is determined by the family and the EI team working together.

Specialty EI provider for children with autism and other behavioral challenges:

Please note during COVID this program may have changed. Please reach out to the referral coordinator.

For more than 30 years, the Groden Center EIP has been a specialty service provider for families with children under the age of three who have an autism spectrum disorder (ASD), pervasive developmental disorder (PDD), or other language, social-emotional, and/or behavioral disorder.

A child need not have a specific diagnosis in order to receive supplementary services from the Groden Center EIP.

As a specialty provider, the Groden Center EIP works collaboratively with the 8 other full-service EIPs to meet the needs of the children and families.

Supplemental services can include additional support in the homes, community-based settings, or in developmental playgroups at the Groden Center. Services provided depend on the desired outcomes established by the families and EI team members and written into the IFSP.

How does the Groden Specialty EIP work?

For a child to participate in the Groden EIP specialty program, he or she must be enrolled in one of the full-service provider EIPs. Together, the programs provide a range of services to address the outcomes the family has identified on the IFSP. The full-service EIP is responsible for the IFSP and service coordination.

The Groden Center EI services are supplementary and designed to complement the services of the full-service provider.

What Services does the Groden Specialty EIP provide?

The intensity and type of services a family receives is based on child and family need. Services may include:

  • Home Visits – One to two per week to help families promote communication skills, positive social interactions and emotional development and to help manage behavioral difficulties.
  • Structured Playgroups – Small groups (average ratio of 3 professionals to 5 children) to develop skills in communication, attending, imitation, social interaction and play.
  • Parent Education and Support– Parent groups meet each time a child attends a playgroup. In addition, parent education groups may be scheduled to address specific topics of interest to families.
  • Community Education – EI staff work with families and children in natural environments in the community on an individual basis or with small groups during community outings.
  • Consultation – EIP staff also provide consultation to day care centers or other programs as requested.

Additional information is available in our Frequently Asked Questions document (PDF) – Click here to download.

How to Make a Referral

For Full-service EIP: Referrals are accepted from family members, physicians, service coordinators and other community partners working with families.

For children already enrolled in an EIP who may be on the autism spectrum and need additional services: For families interested in participating in the Groden Center Specialty EI program for children who may be on the autism spectrum, be sure to contact your full-service EIP service coordinator. If the parent and the service coordinator together determine that Groden Center Early Intervention specialty services would be helpful, a referral will be made. As soon as the Groden Center EIP receives the referral information, we will contact you and schedule an appointment. A child does not need to have a diagnosis of autism to receive specialty services from the Groden Center EIP.

To make a referral, call Carol LaFrance, M.Ed., Groden Center Early Intervention Director, at 401.525.2380 or fax us at 401.525.2382