Early Intervention Service for Families With Children With Disabilities or Developmental Delays

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Why Early Intervention?

Research has shown that children’s earliest experiences play a critical role in brain development. Those experiences literally shape how the brain forms, establishing either a sturdy or fragile foundation for all the development and behavior that follows.

Early Intervention Referral

Home and Community Based Early Intervention Services

The Michael Dunn Center [MDC] Home and Community Based Early Intervention service is a voluntary educational program for families with children ages birth to five years of age with disabilities or developmental delays implemented through a contract with the Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. These services are offered in Kingston, TN, Roane County, Anderson County, Scott County, Loudon County, Morgan County, Knox County, Campbell County, Cumberland County, and Union County.

Developmental Therapy is provided by degreed and certified Early Interventionists in accordance with the Individual Family Service Plan in the families’ homes or through a teleconferencing platform. MDC focuses on the important role of the family as the decision-maker and guide for their child’s development and learning.

To Make a Referral

Early Intervention Services through the Michael Dunn CenterTennessee’s Early Intervention System (TEIS) is the Point of Entry for all referrals for the State of Tennessee. Michael Dunn Center Early Intervention (EI) program staff and Management are full partners with Tennessee’s Early Intervention System Point of Entry District Office’s staff.

You may make a referral to TEIS by completing the online referral form or by calling (800) 852-7157. The referral form can also be found in the MYTN app, available at your app store. Please be prepared to provide the child’s name, date of birth, county of residence, parent information (if someone other than the parent calls), and reason for referral.

For more information regarding Early Intervention Services through the Michael Dunn Center, please contact Jeanna Steele-Mack, MDC Early Intervention Programming Coordinator at (865) 806-8012 or jeanna.steele-mack@michaeldunncenter.org


  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • United Way
  • Private Donations