About

Earliest Interactions is a program which supports families of children who are deaf and hard of hearing throughout their journeys, from screening, to diagnosis, to early intervention and beyond. The program is funded by a grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

The grant covers a 4-year period from April 2020-March 2024 and has the following goals to support families and children in Maine:

  1. Increase the number of newborn hearing screenings completed prior to 1 month of age.
  2. Increase the number of diagnostic audiological evaluations that occur prior to 3 months of age, for those infants who refer on the newborn hearing screening.
  3. Increase the number of children who are deaf or hard of hearing enrolled in early intervention services by 6 months of age.
  4. Increase the number of families who enroll in family-to-family support services.
  5. Increase the number of families who enroll in D/HH adult-to-family support services.
  6. Increase training to health professionals and service providers about the key aspects of the Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (EDHI) program.
    Earliest Interactions works in collaboration with the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to meet these goals.

*Click here to read the Earliest Interactions Press Release.


About Us

Earliest Interactions is a Maine Educational Center for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing HRSA grant-funded program which supports families of children who are deaf and hard of hearing throughout their journeys, from screening, to diagnosis, to early intervention and beyond.

Earliest Interactions

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