Early Childhood Intervention (ECI) is the state program to provide therapies to children under age three with autism, speech delays, Down syndrome and other disabilities and developmental delays. Our November 2016 report found a disturbing decline in the number of babies and toddlers served by Texas ECI amid state funding cuts.
Our research also found that enrollment declines hit certain communities the hardest. Among the counties with the largest populations of young children, the greatest reductions in enrollment occurred in Collin County (37 percent decline from 2011 to 2015), Denton County (32 percent), and Harris County (31 percent).
The following map allows Texans to review the data for their own county.
The Legislature is currently making two decisions that are critical to providing children with access to ECI: Whether to fully fund expected ECI enrollment growth over the next two years and whether to restore Medicaid reimbursement rates for children's therapies.