This study has multiple purposes. The first purpose is to investigate whether variations in the Early Intervention (EI) service delivery model influence parents' perceptions of the quality of their EI services. The second purpose is to compare parents' satisfaction level with the early intervention program in the selected counties from Pennsylvania and Florida. The third purpose is to reveal whether families' residency determines the level of access to services. The study subjects were parents and caregivers whose children received services through the Part C early intervention program between January 2013 and January 2017. The targeted population for the study were residents living in Florida and Pennsylvania. Participants were selected from three counties in Florida, and three counties in Pennsylvania. The result of this study revealed that parents' satisfaction level was higher in a state where families had access to multiple services, sessions were provided more than once a week, and the services were provided across disciplines. In addition, the results indicated that parents' level of satisfaction was influenced by the quantity of the provided services, and families residing in Pennsylvania had better access to services than did a comparative group of families in Florida.
Master of Science (M.S.)
College of Education and Human Performance
Child, Family, and Community Sciences
Early Childhood Development and Education
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Masters Thesis (Open Access)
Weiszhaupt, Andrasne, "Do Variations in Service Delivery Models Influence Parents' Perspectives in the Early Intervention Program?" (2018). Electronic Theses and Dissertations, 2004-2019. 5970.