The North Carolina Early Intervention Branch oversees the early intervention system of services designed to support families with children ages birth to three who have, or are at risk for, disabilities. Research shows that this is a critical time period to make a positive difference in how a child develops and learns. Services are provided to children and their families through Children’s Developmental Services Agencies (CDSAs) across North Carolina. CDSAs work with local early intervention providers including early childhood special educators, physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech and language pathologists, and health professionals to help children achieve developmental milestones and reach their fullest potential.
Jill Singer is the Early Intervention Branch Head for North Carolina’s Early Intervention System. Jill holds a Bachelor of Arts degree, with dual majors in Elementary Education and Psychology from the University of Denver, a Master of Science in Education degree, with an emphasis in Special Education and Learning Disabilities from the College of New Rochelle, and a Juris Doctorate degree from American University, Washington College of Law, in Washington, DC. Jill spent 10 years as a special education teacher in various special education settings in New York State. As an attorney she served as a special education expert, an educational advocate, and represented children who were involved with the abuse and neglect system in DC. Jill was also in private practice for 9 years, and served as an Assistant Attorney General (AAG) in the Child Protection Section of the DC Office of the Attorney General (OAG) for 9 years. While working as an AAG, Jill also became a foster mother. In 2008, Jill relocated to St. Thomas where she served as Assistant Director and Director of the State Office of Special Education for the VI Department of Education. Jill moved to North Carolina in 2015 and became the Early Intervention Branch Head for NC Department of Health and Human Services.