Early Intervention/DART

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  • Preschool Early Intervention/DART


    Serves eligible children in Allegheny County, ages 3-5, who are experiencing developmental delays or disabilities.

    • Free screenings/evaluations to identify your child's needs in communication, adaptive, cognitive, fine motor, gross motor, personal/social areas.

    • Free early intervention services, at no cost to parents.

    • Developmental, speech/language, occupational therapy, physical therapy, vision, hearing, and family services.

    • Highly qualified staff of special educators, therapists, and paraprofessionals.



    • Children must be 3-5 years old and demonstrate a delay in developmental areas (communication, adaptive, cognitive, fine motor, gross motor, personal/social) on a standardized assessment.


    Service Delivery

    • Services are provided in the least restrictive environment.

    • Itinerant services are provided in a child’s preschool, child care, Head Start classroom, Pre-K Counts classroom, or home.

    • Preschool special education classrooms are provided in school district or church buildings. 

    Screenings for hearing, vision,
    communication, adaptive, fine
    motor, gross motor,
    social, and cognitive skills.


    In-depth assessment for children 
    whose screening results indicate 
    a need or concern in any 
    developmental area.


    Referrals to appropriate agencies
    within the community, including
    the Allegheny Intermediate Unit,
    for children with special needs.


    Progress tracking for children
    with special needs to ensure
    continuity of service.