The mission of the SICC is to coordinate and foster development of a comprehensive statewide system of accessible local early intervention services for children birth to age 3 who have disabilities or are at risk for developing disabilities and their families, and to coordinate transition of these children into programs for 3- to 6-year-olds.
SICC promotes and supports family involvement and family-centered services.
The statewide early intervention system and services will be:
- collaborative and community-based
- consistent and accessible to families and children statewide
- high quality, efficient, timely, and maintain flexibility and manageability.
In order to carry out this mission, SICC advises and assists DCYF and other state agencies on the broad range of early intervention policy and coordination issues and advocates for early intervention services.
Purpose & Role
To assist DCYF and other participating agencies in implementing a collaborative and comprehensive statewide system of early intervention services for infants and toddlers who have disabilities and their families.
- Identifying sources of fiscal and other support for services for the early intervention programs.
- Assigning financial responsibilities to the appropriate agency.
- Promoting interagency agreements.
- Providing appropriate services for children birth through age 2.
- Seeking information from service providers, service coordinators, parents, and others about any federal, state, or local policies that impede timely service delivery.
- Taking steps to ensure that any policy problems are resolved.
- Achieving the full participation, coordination, and cooperation of all appropriate public agencies in the state.
- Resolving disputes, to the extent appropriate.
- Working with County Interagency Coordinating Councils (CICCs) to coordinate and enhance existing early intervention services and assisting communities to meet the needs of infants and toddlers with disabilities and their families.
- Preparing applications for federal grants under IDEA, Part C.
- Preparing budgets as necessary to carry out SICC's functions.
- Providing advice and assistance to the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) regarding the transition of toddlers with disabilities into services provided by that agency.
- Preparing reports to the Governor and federal officials as required by federal and state laws.