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Early Childhood Evaluation Program (ECEP)

photoThe Early Childhood Evaluation Program (ECEP) provides evaluations for children ages birth to three living in New Mexico. ECEP addresses concerns regarding developmental delay, complex medical conditions, autism spectrum disorders, cerebral palsy, behavioral/regulatory issues, and other specialized evaluation questions for very young children.

If you are interested in learning more about ECEP or referring a child for an evaluation, please see our printer friendly flyer | (Español) | and referral forms available on this website.

For more information please contact ECEP at:
(505) 272-9846 or toll-free: 1-800-337-6076
ECEP@salud.unm.edu

More About ECEP

The Early Childhood Evaluation Program (ECEP) is funded by the New Mexico Department of Health, Family Infant Toddler Program (NM FIT) and the New Mexico Public Education Department. ECEP's administration is provided through the University of New Mexico, Health Sciences Center, Department of Pediatrics, Center for Development and Disability.

For over twenty years, ECEP has collaborated with families and community providers statewide to evaluate children ages birth to three with complex developmental and/or medical issues. In addition our evaluation service, ECEP provides support and technical assistance to the NM FIT Early Intervention (EI) providers.

Our evaluation service is available statewide and uses a team approach to address concerns related to developmental delay, complex medical conditions, autism spectrum disorders, cerebral palsy, behavioral/regulatory issues, and other specialized evaluation questions for children ages birth to three.

The ECEP “team” includes the child’s family, service providers, and some combination of ECEP staff, including pediatricians, psychologists, speech-language pathologists, physical therapists and occupational therapists. An ECEP evaluation takes at least half a day, consisting of a two hour assessment, one hour break, and a one hour meeting where results and recommendations are shared with the family and providers.

ECEP is part of the UNM Health Sciences Center and therefore is a training site for a variety of students, trainees, and professionals who often observe and/or participate during ECEP evaluations.