The Arc Knox County provides a program specifically geared toward children, age birth to the child’s third birthday. Sunshine Early Intervention (EI) is an Early Intervention Resource Agency provided through Tennessee’s Early Intervention System (TEIS). TEIS is a voluntary education program that supports young children, who qualify as having a learning problem or delay in development under the Department of Education criteria and their families to navigate all the resources available for a child to reach their optimal development.
Governed by Part C of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), it offers a weekly home-based educational program for Knox County families and their child. Each week, a Developmental Therapist visits to help teach the family and child by practicing daily routine skills in the home environment. Services include lesson plans, developmental assessments, progress reports, and assistance with coordinating additional services in the community. In Tennessee, services are provided at no cost to families. The program is supported through state and federal funds, Medicaid, and private insurance.