A Brief History

1970s       First early intervention programs were operated out of developmental preschools and funded on an ad hoc basis.
1982 - 1989    Seven Early Intervention programs were established (Sackville-Bedford, Halifax, Antigonish, Glace Bay, Liverpool, Truro and Shelburne).
1988 Funding structure established for Early Intervention through Dept. of
Community Services (75% of program funding) and using CAP funding
formula. Programs served birth to three.
1993 Early Intervention services expanded to include children birth to school entry
1996 Early Intervention NS was established.
1997 Block funding established for Early Intervention (stable partial funding
with a fundraising commitment)
1986 - 2000 Five more Early Intervention programs established (Amherst, Lunenburg,
Yarmouth, Lawrencetown & New Glasgow)
2000 - 2001 Early Intervention programs granted “core status” which ensured annual
funding (partial). Eastern Shore/MV Program added to create 17 EI
programs across the province.
2005 Core Early Intervention services identified and funding formula for
service agreements.