WHO WE ARE
There are four Regional Early Intervention Collaboratives (REIC), which were established in 1993 by the New Jersey Department of Health, as the lead agency for the NJ Early Intervention System (NJEIS). We provide local level leadership in the planning and coordination of the New Jersey Early Intervention system. Southern New Jersey Regional Early Intervention Collaborative (SNJREIC) serves Atlantic, Burlington, Camden, Cape May, Cumberland, Gloucester, and Salem counties.
WHAT WE DO
The REICs help facilitate access and availability of effective early intervention services through outreach and collaboration. The REICs are committed to providing a family centered, family driven, community and culturally sensitive system of early intervention service and supports. The SNJREIC works to ensure that all eligible children from birth to age three have the opportunity to reach their fullest potential and be valued in their communities.
The mission of the New Jersey Early Intervention system is to enhance the capacity of families to meet the developmental and health related needs of children birth to age three, who have developmental delays or disabilities, by providing quality services and support to families and their children. NJEIS promotes collaborative partnerships among the family, their community, service and healthcare providers, schools and childcare programs that strengthen and enhance family confidence to develop and use lasting networks of natural support.
HOW WE HELP
SNJREIC works to assure the timely availability of services and supports. We provide training and technical assistance to early intervention providers and community stakeholders.
We support families through parent education, a central directory of resources, coordination of family activities and recommendations to improve the EI system.
“From the very first session we had, [our EI Practitioner] has been nothing but professional, compassionate, understanding, educational, loving, and the biggest blessing for my family. From the minute she saw my son, she knew exactly what he needed. She took the time to help us understand as well. Not once did she ever make it seem like we were beneath her or that she knew better than us. She took us in like family and took care of us, honestly better than family could. She puts the needs of the child first, no matter what. Even if it means a hard conversation sometimes, she advocates whole-heartedly for the child. She is brilliant in her ability to master having a human connection through a computer [telehealth sessions]. My son has such a trust and bond with her, you would have thought he was seeing her in-person!” – Early Intervention Parent Testimonial, January 2024