Every state has a Part C program for children birth through two years of age and their families, under the Individual’s with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). Each state decides its own eligibility rules.
In Tennessee, a child with a diagnosis from the list below, who meet the prematurity guidelines outlined below, or children whose evaluation results show 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:
- motor (crawling, walking, using their hands to play)
- communication (babbling, indicating wants and needs, talking)
- cognitive (thinking skills including making choices and solving problems)
- social (playing near or with other children or adults)
- adaptive (taking care of ones needs)
Diagnosis List 10/18/19
Information from the child’s doctor as well as the results of a developmental evaluation will determine if a child meets the eligibility criteria in Tennessee.
Make a Referral to TEIS
You may make a referral to TEIS by:
- calling (800) 852-7157,
- completing our online referral form, or
- calling your local district office listed on the TEIS main page.
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.