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Tennessee Early Intervention System (TEIS)

The Tennessee Early Intervention System (TEIS) is a program that provides services to children ages birth up to age three who have disabilities or other developmental delays. The TEIS program is a critically important program to supporting young children and their families to reach their optimal development. Because of the connections to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), this program has been housed in the Department of Education. In order to elevate and accelerate the work of TEIS, this program will be re-positioned within the Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (DIDD) by July 1, 2020. 

DIDD has been working closely with TDOE to ensure this transition will occur with no disruption to providers, and most importantly no change or disruption to services and supports received by children and families.  More information about the transition and how it will occur can be found in Executive Order No. 10, issued by Governor Lee.

DIDD’s charge is to support all people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.  In line with that mission, the department has more than three decades of experience coordinating service and supports for this population in their homes and communities in a person-centered manner.  With the addition of the Katie Beckett program, including Part B operation by DIDD, there is an opportunity to increase coordination between the TEIS, Katie Beckett, and the Employment and Community First CHOICES programs in a seamless way.  This alignment will provide an atmosphere that fosters optimal supports and services from the agency whose sole purpose is to support people with disabilities to live the lives they envision for themselves.

On July 1, 2020, TEIS is transitioning to the Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities.  Click here to review the draft federal Part C application and supporting documents.


Tennessee's Early Intervention System is a voluntary educational program for families with children birth through age two with disabilities or developmental delays.

The principles of Early Intervention are to:

  • Support families in promoting their child’s optimal development
  • Facilitate the child’s participation in family and community activities.
  • Encourage the active participation of families in the intervention by imbedding strategies into family routines. 

Make a Referral to TEIS

You may make a referral to TEIS by:

Please provide the following information:

  • your name and contact information,
  • the child’s name, date of birth, county the child lives in,
  • parent information (if someone other than the parent calls), and
  • the reason for referral or developmental concern.

Learn more about eligibility for TEIS.

It is the parents who provide the real early intervention by creatively adapting their child care methods to facilitate the development of their child, while balancing the needs of the rest of the family.

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