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11 Hap Arnold Boulevard
Tobyhanna, PA 18466-5044
Contact information for key programs and services at this installation.
The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, or IDEA, requires states and territories to provide early intervention and special education services to eligible children and young adults. Early intervention services, or EIS, are available for children from birth to 3 years old, and special education services are available to children from 3 to 21 years old. Installation EFMP Family Support providers can provide specific information and resources for these services.
All states and territories must provide early intervention services to children who have, or are at risk for having, developmental delays, from birth to their third birthday.
Most CONUS locations, local school districts or health departments provide these early intervention services. The program is called different names in different areas, but it is often referred to as Part C because that is the section of the law that pertains to early intervention. The Education Directory for Children with Special Needs has a list of resources specific to each state to help you determine who you should contact. Your installation EFMP Family Support provider can also answer your questions.
If you are moving OCONUS or to a CONUS location with a DODEA school (and you live on installation), your child will receive EIS through the Defense Department’s Educational and Developmental Intervention Services, or EDIS, program.
When moving, you should hand carry copies of your child's most current individual family service plan, or IFSP, and the most current evaluation reports to your new home to ensure they are not lost.
All states and territories provide special education and related services to eligible children between the ages of 3 through 21.
When a child transfers to a different district in the same state, the new school must provide a free, appropriate public education, including comparable services, until the previously held IEP is adopted or a new one is developed and implemented. When a child transfers to another state, the receiving school must provide comparable services until an IEP review can determine if a new evaluation or IEP is appropriate.
If you are moving and your child receives special education and related services, you should hand carry all necessary school and medical documents, including the most current IEP and current evaluation reports. Hand carrying these documents ensures that they are not lost and allows the new school to begin the process as soon as you arrive.
Individuals who are diagnosed with mental illness, mental retardation, or physical disabilities are eligible. Individuals must be 18 years of age or older, must be self-medicating without supervision, and must have the stamina to work a minimum of eight hours a day.
Contact information: 570-992-6616
Provides free education for eligible pre-school age children, during the school year. There is often a wait list for this program.
The area Head Start program is located 3 miles from Tobyhanna Army Depot.
Provides for educational needs of children over age 3 who have a special need, including those with a hearing impairment. When PCSing to Tobyhanna, bring copies of all paperwork: medical records, school records, documentation of how the child was tested (results are valid for 3 years from the date of the test). Parent/guardian should first contact the principal of the school in which the child is/will be enrolled.
Early Childhood Intervention (ECI)
Provides diagnostic and educational services for children under age 3 who have a special need. Most services are free; some are on a sliding fee scale.
Military members with an exceptional family member are required to enroll in the EFMP.
The EFMP maintains a listing of on- and off-base resources to assist families with all areas of need, and provides referrals as needed.
Installation Specific Information
Personnel arriving with an exceptional family member should contact the Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP), office upon arrival. The office is located in the ACS, Bldg 337, 570-615-7509. The EFMP is designed to provide assistance to the children and adult dependents of eligible military personnel. These are individual cases and should be referred to EFMP so that all services and education may be coordinated for the inbound personnel. Dependents who are emotionally, physically, mentally challenged are provided treatment under this program. This assistance may be in the line of counseling, special medical or educational assistance, and financial assistance.