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Early Intervention Recruitment and Retention Grant

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Program Description

The URI Department of Human Development and Family Studies, in collaboration with Rhode Island College, has developed a comprehensive plan to increase the number of qualified staff members in the field of Early Intervention (EI) and in careers involving children with special health care needs (CSHCN). The project is funded by the Mom and babyRhode Island Department of Human Services, through the Paul V. Sherlock Center on Disabilities, at Rhode Island College. For more information on Early Intervention Services in Rhode Island, visit the Sherlock Center's Early Intervention webpage.

What is Early Intervention?

Early Intervention is a voluntary, family-centered program that provides early identification, services, and supports to eligible infants and toddlers and their families. Early Intervention works with families whose children are experiencing developmental delays, have certain diagnosed conditions, or whose circumstances may result in significant developmental delays. The purpose of Early Intervention is to enable young children to be active and successful participants during the early years and in the future in a variety of settings-in their homes with their families, in child care, in preschool programs, and in the community. Please visit Rhode Island's Early Intervention website for more information. You can also learn more about what EI specialists do by watching the following video: What Early Intervention Can (And Should) Look Like.



Early Intervention Internships

Early Intervention Recruitment and Retention activities are conducted through the Human Development and Family Studies Department at the University of Rhode Island. This project offers internship opportunities to students interested in pursuing a career in Early Intervention.



Internship Outcomes

Since the inception of the grant in 2006, over 140 interns have been placed at various EI and CSHCN sites throuhgout Rhode Island. As of fall 2014, 27 of these students have found permanent positions as a result of their internship.


Interested in internship updates and other EI related news? Please refer to our newsletters: Student Newsletter, EI News In Review









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Contact Information

URI EI Recruitment and Retention Office
2 Lower College Road
205 Transition Center
Kingston, RI 02881

Karen P. McCurdy
Principal Investigator
2 Lower College Road
112 Transition Center
Kingston, RI 02881




Our recruitment effort includes classroom presentations to students in related disciplines to inform them of the availability of internships in the fields of EI and CSHCN. Our presentations are approximately 45 minutes in length, including a Q & A session. Please contact our office to schedule a presentation. If you know of potential students, please provide them with our URI EI Brochure or have them contact our office directly.