Tennessee’s Early Intervention System (TEIS)

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Tennessee’s Early Intervention System (TEIS)

Tennessee’s Early Intervention System (TEIS) is a statewide program sponsored by the Tennessee Department of Education. It is mandated under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), Part C, to provide early intervention services to children eligible under this act. TEIS is a network of nine district offices that provide home-based, early intervention services to young children with special needs (birth to three years) and their families.

Click HERE to view a short video on the services provided by TEIS, how to make referrals to TEIS, and how TEIS impacts the families they serve.

TEIS Referrals

Anyone (parents, doctors, childcare providers, teachers, etc.) can make a referral to TEIS. To make a referral to TEIS, call 1-800-852-7157, or call a Single Pointy of Entry (SPOE) office directly.

TEIS Regional Resource Centers

TEIS Eligibility

In Tennessee, a child with a diagnosis from the list below or children whose test results show that they have a 25% delay in two developmental areas or a 40% delay in one area may be eligible for TEIS. A child may have a developmental delay, if he or she is far behind other children their age in one or more of the five major skill areas:

  1. motor (crawling, walking, using their hands to play)
  2. communication (babbling, indicating wants and needs, talking)
  3. cognitive (thinking skills including making choices and solving problems)
  4. social (playing near or with other children or adults)
  5. adaptive (taking care of ones needs)

START Contact Information

Susan Rollyson, M.Ed.
Training Coordinator
Phone: 615-956-7815
Fax: 615-383-7170
Email: susan.rollyson@tnaap.org