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Georgia Early Intervention Definitions D-F


Calendar day, unless otherwise indicated.


Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disability

Destruction of Records

Physical destruction of the record or ensuring that personal identifiers are removed from a record so that the record is no longer personally identifiable.

Developmental Delay

Not attaining developmental milestones expected for the child’s age adjusted for prematurity in one or more of the following areas of development: cognitive, physical (including vision and hearing), communication, social-emotional, or adaptive development.


Division for Family and Children Services, within the Department of Human Services.


A person who has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activity.


To permit access to or the release, transfer, or other communication of education records, or the personally identifiable information contained in those records, to any party. Disclosure may be by multiple means, including oral, written, or electronic means.

Due Process

The legal procedures or steps available to protect the early intervention rights of the infant/toddler and family.

Early Intervention

A system of services that helps babies and toddlers with developmental delays or disabilities. Early intervention focuses on helping eligible babies and toddlers learn the basic and brand-new skills that typically develop during the first three years of life, such as:

    • Physical (reaching, rolling, crawling, and walking);
    • Cognitive (thinking, learning, solving problems);
    • Communication (talking, listening, understanding);
    • Social/emotional (playing, feeling secure and happy); and
    • Self-help (eating, dressing).

Early Intervention Coordinator (EIC)

An individual who is responsible for the management and administration of one of the local BCW programs.

Early Intervention Records

All records regarding a child that are required to be collected, maintained, or used under Part C and covered by the (FERPA) 20 U.S.C. 1232g.


The criteria used to determine if a child qualifies for early intervention


The procedures used by appropriate, qualified personnel to determine a child’s initial eligibility under BCW.


A group of two or more persons related by birth, marriage or adoption.

Family Assessment

Identification of the family’s resources, priorities, and concerns, and the identification of the supports and services necessary to enhance the family’s capacity to meet the developmental needs of the child.

Family Cost Participation (FCP)

The maximum amount the family must pay per month based on the family’s ability to pay, considering the family’s adjusted income as determined on the previous year’s federal income tax form. The fee is based on a family unit, not per individual child.


Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act 20 U.S.C. 1232g; is a federal statute that deals with the parental right to inspect and review records. The purpose of FERPA is two-fold, to ensure that parents have access to their children's educational records and to protect the privacy rights of parents and children by limiting access to these records without parental consent.

First Care

Georgia’s public health program that provides care coordination through home visiting to families with infants from birth to 1 year of age who are at increased risk for morbidity &/or mortality.


Georgia BCW Policy Manual Appendix A

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