The Early Development Network (EDN) is a collaborative effort of the Nebraska Departments of Education and Health & Human Services to serve infants and toddlers with disabilities and their families. The network supports children birth through three years of age, connecting them and their families with early intervention services to promote proper growth and development. It is a voluntary program and does not discriminate based on race, culture, religion, income level, or disability.
The goal of the EDN is to provide coordinated services for Nebraska families as conveniently as possible. The program helps families to understand their child’s disability and provides assistance in dealing with situations that interfere with the child’s development.
To request early development services for your child or to refer a child in your area, call 308-3986567. With prior parental permission, referrals may be made by anyone who suspects a developmental delay in an infant or toddler.
Early Development Network Services
The network provides access to professionals and services year-round, free of charge. These services and specialists may include but are not limited to:
- Speech language therapy
- Occupational therapy
- Physical therapy
- Early childhood specialist
- School psychologist
- Vision and hearing specialist
- Services coordination
- Other community resources
How to get started
If you have concerns about your child’s development, the first step is to request an evaluation. Anyone can request an evaluation including parents, grandparents, doctors, nurses, social workers, daycare providers, or other professionals.
The evaluation will examine your child’s skills in the following areas:
- Health development
- Talking and understanding
- Expressing emotion
A child may be eligible for services if he or she is not developing typically or has been diagnosed with a health condition that will affect his or her development.
When you contact the EDN, you will be put in touch with a primary coach and a services coordinator. They will schedule a time to meet with you to assess and discuss a plan for your child.
The primary coach will identify what you are already doing to help your child learn and grow and help you build on these strengths. The services coordinator will help you access services that can support your child and family.