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Early Childhood & Family Education

ASDB Early Childhood and Family Education Programs: Birth to 3 years old


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ASDB Early Childhood and Family Education Programs: Birth to 3 years old

ASDB Early Childhood and Family Education (ECFE) provides the Arizona Early Intervention Program (AzEIP) services for Arizona’s children, birth to 3 years old, who have a diagnosed bilateral, permanent hearing loss and/or a medically diagnosed visual impairment. This statewide program is designed to work in cooperation with other agencies and programs.

ASDB provides services to families living all over Arizona, in order to meet the needs of families in their local communities.  We recognize that the relationship between parents and their child is of primary importance in a child’s physical, mental and emotional development. Services are provided in the home or other natural environments by professionally trained staff.  ECFE works together with families by providing information, education and support during the transition into preschool or kindergarten.

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School for the Deaf, Tucson Campus Preschool, 520.770.3440

ASDB Preschool Programs: Ages 3-5 

Children who are eligible for special education services in their school district may be eligible to receive preschool education through ASDB. Depending on the needs of the local communities, these services may be provided through center-based settings or itinerant teachers. Curriculum is aligned with the Arizona Early Learning Standards. Center-based sites, in Tucson and Phoenix, are accredited by the National Association for Education of Young Children. ASDB provides preschool services throughout the state at site-based preschools and in ASDB’s Regional Cooperative programs.


ECFE Referrals

Click Here for the ASDB Early Intervention Referral Form

ASDB-ECFE Program has been providing services to infants and toddlers since 1974 – well before early intervention services were federally mandated in 1986.  Today ASDB is the Part C (of IDEA) provider for infants and toddlers as part of the Arizona Early Intervention Program (AzEIP). This partnership enhances services to children and families by providing a centralized point of contact for a full continuum of services. Referrals come from local audiologists, hospitals, parents, and other Early Intervention programs.  National early intervention goals emphasize screening by one month of age, evaluation by three months, and enrollment in services by six months.

To make an online referral for Early Intervention services, go to the Arizona Early Intervention Program referral page.

ECFE Services

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Services to families are based on individual needs, and may include; but are not limited to: educational support focusing on language development and general developmental milestones, pediatric audiology, American Sign Language, speech/spoken language, vision services, functional vision assessments, physical therapy, occupational therapy, orientation & mobility, pre-braille, tactile literacy and feeding therapy as needed. Deaf role models, connections to parent support groups and other parent-to-parent opportunities are available. Services are provided at no cost to families on AHCCCS and ALTCS. Families that have private insurance contribute to the cost of their services based on a sliding scale as regulated by the State of Arizona’s Family Cost Participation for AzEIP. Service coordination, evaluations, and assessments are provided at no cost to families.