Early Intervention Program

Serving 3-5 year old children in Clarion, Forest, Jefferson and Venango counties.

Riverview Intermediate Unit
270 Mayfield Road
Clarion, PA  16214
814-226-7103 or
Extension 161


Confidential Services

About 10 percent of children experience a delay in their development.  Some children develop more slowly than the average child.  Many of these delays can be corrected or improved upon if the child starts in a program at an early age.  The first step begins with a free developmental screening.


  • For children age 3 to kindergarten registration
  • To determine if possible delays are present and further evaluation if needed.
  • All developmental areas are targeted in a screening at no cost to parents.

Educational Evaluation

  • Educational evaluation to determine each child’s developmental needs.
  • Occupational and physical therapy, psychological, hearing and vision evaluations are  availabe as necessary.

Educational Services

  • Individualized Education Programs (IEP’s) are developed for each eligible child.
  • Early intervention classrooms which provide individual and small group  instruction are available.  Services are based on the child’s individual needs.
  • Direct and consultative services may be provided in regular preschool or home settings.
  • The early interventin team works with the local school district to assure a smooth tranition to school age programs.

Remember – The earlier children’s needs are identified, the better their chances for reaching their potential. 

Riverview Intermediate Unit offers a FREE program designed to help your child.  Any child with a vision, hearing, speech or language, social problem-solving, physical, or emotional delay may be eligible.

Parents play an important role in a child’s developmental and learning process.  If you think your child or a child you know has a developmental need, please contact the Riverview Intermediate Unit.  All information is held confidential and can only be released with parent’s permission.

Every preschooler is unique, but there are similarities that occur in growth and development.

Most preschoolers should:

by 3 years

  • go up steps, alternating feet
  • speak in 3-word sentences
  • imitate adults doing simple tasks

by 4 years

  • build a tower of 8-10 blocks
  • match some objects and colors
  • feed themselves with a fork
  • be understood by non-family members

by 5 years

  • catch a ball with their hands
  • follow two-step directions
  • count to five
  • sort objects by color, shape, and size

The Early Intervention Program offers the following services:

  • Infant/Toddler Transition
  • Instructional Services
  • Speech/Language Therapy
  • Psychological Services
  • Physical and Occupational Therapy
  • Vision and Hearing Itinerant Support
  • Social Work
  • Parent Information
  • School-age Transition

Information about programs and services for children with delays and disabilities is available by calling the Intermediate Unit office.

Riverview Intermediate Unit locates, identifies, and provides appropriate programs for children with special needs.


Riverview Intermediate Unit is a regional school service agency serving the districts of Allegheny-Clarion Valley, Brockway Area, Brookville Area, Clarion Area, Clarion-Limestone Area, Cranberry Area, DuBois Area, Forest Area,  Franklin Area, Keystone, North Clarion County, Oil City Area, Punxsutawney Area, Redbank Valley, Titusville Area, Union and Valley Grove school districts.  The Early Intervention Program serves more than 700 preschool children in a variety of settings.

For more information and assistance, contact:
Early Intervention Program
Riverview Intermediate Unit
270 Mayfield Road
Clarion, PA  16214
814-226-7103 or 800-672-7123, ext. 161

Statement of Nondiscrimination

The Riverview Intermediate Unit will not discriminate in educational programs, activities or employment practices based on race, color, gender, age, religion, national origin, handicap/disability, or any other legally protected classifications.  Announcement of this policy is in accord with the Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.  Employees and program participants who have an inquire or complaint of harassment or discrimination, or who need information about accommodations for people with disabilities, should contact:  Penny Knight, Administration ASsistant for Personnel, RIU, 270 Mayfield Road, Clarion, PA  16214.

Health Information

Healthy smiles & healthy lives start here!

The Salvation Army
Oil City Dental Center
217 Sycamore Street
Oil City, PA  16301
phone: 814-670-0374 * fax 814-670-0376


Let’s get started


Located in downtown Oil City, the center is convenient to public transportation and offers free on-site parking during your visit.



We welcome new patients of all ages.  Parents/guardians must complete a health history for each child receiving treatment.  Please remember to bring the following information with you to every appointment:

  • Insurance cards for each child
  • Photo identification of the parent/guardian
  • Custodial paperwork (required for foster parents, guardians or other court appointed child advocate
  • Dental records and x-rays from prior dental appointments (when available)
  • A favorite toy or blanket

Your safety is our primary concern. Please remain in the office while your child is under our care.  You will be asked to sign consent before dental treatment begins.

For everyone’s safety, only one parent is allowed in the treatment area.  Siblings should remain in the waiting room until the completion of the visit.

We promise to help reduce your child’s fear and anxiety during the first visit.

Monday through Thursday
8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Keep it up


Our goal at the Dental Center is to establish a dental home for your family.  The Dental Center is staffed with general dentists, dental hygienists and dental assistants to provide you with the highest level of care needed to maintain good oral health.

Our services include…


  • Examinations
  • Digital X-rays
  • Cleaning
  • Fluoride Treatment
  • Sealants


  • Fillings
  • Crowns
  • Root Canals
  • Dentures
  • Periodontal Services
  • Extractions
  • Surgical Services


To promote a lifetime of good oral health, we recommend an examination, cleaning and fluoride treatment ever six months.  The dentist and hygienist will work together to provide a comprehensive treatment plan tailored to the needs of your child.

The Academy of Pediatric Dentistry does not recommend the use of dental x-rays before age six unless tooth surface are not clearly visible.

We will schedule your child for follow-up care and recall visits at the conclusion of each visit.  Reminder cards are mailed 30 days before your next recall visit.

What to expect


A member of our staff will call you to remind you of the date and time for each scheduled appointment.  If you move or change your phone number, please notify the office so we may update your records.

The appointment time has been reserved just for you, so please arrive on time.  If you must re-schedule, we will appreciate at least 24 hours notice.  If you miss one appointment without notice, you may re-schedule without a penalty.  If you miss more than two appointments without notice, you may not be able to re-schedule for up to 90 days.


We accept Medical Assistance, CHIP, and other insurance programs.  If you plan requires participation in a network, we will be happy to apply for participation.  We appreciate your patience as we add new plans.

We offer an income-based reduced fee plan for individuals who do not have dental insurance.  Please call our office for more information about the financial assistance application.

If your plan requires a co-payment, payment is appreciated at the conclusion of each visit.  We accepts cash, checks (with identification), debit card, VISA, MasterCard and money orders.  We appreciate your business and will work hard to make each visit as affordable as possible.

Fluoride + Sealants = Cavity  Prevention


  • Fluoride in your water and products, like toothpaste and mouth rinse, helps prevent tooth decay.
  • Fluoride is good for both children and adults.
  • Fluoride applied by a dentist or hygienist helps repair tooth decay before you can see it.
  • If the water you drink does not have fluoride, have your parents talk to your doctor or dentist ways you can get fluoride.
  • Follow the instructions of your doctor or dentist on the proper use and amount of flouride you should use.


  • This might be something new to you.  Sealants are a thin plastic coating applied to the area where you chew on your back teeth or molars.
  • You should get your first permanent molars between five and seven years old.
  • You will get your second when you are between 11 and 13 years-old.
  • Your dentist should put sealants on your permanent molars as soon as your teeth come in
  • Sealants do not hurt and are applied as a liquid and then hardened by a   special light.

Tooth Tips

  • Tooth decay is easy to prevent when you are a kid.
  • Tooth decay is five times more common than asthma and seven times more common than hay fever.
  • Take care of your baby teeth from the time you are born. (Your parents will help).  Clean gums after every time you each.
  • As your baby teeth grow, use a soft-bristled child-sized toothbrush and a seed-sized drop of toothpaste at least twice a day.
  • If you are less than eight years-old, you should have an adult help when your brush your teeth to be sure all surfaces are clean.
  • Flossing is fun, just “lasso” every tooth, every day. Take care of your gums too.
  • Eat lots of different foods every day including yogurt,  cheese, fruits and vegetables and meat.  Snacks are OK,  but remember to brush after eating.
  • Your first visit to your dentist should be when you are between one and two years-old, and then every six months as recommended by your dentist.
  • Healthy baby teeth will help you eat, learn and laugh for a long time.  Healthy grown up teeth will last a lifetime.

WIC Program

WIC’s Mission:

To safeguard the health of low-income women, infants, and children up to age 5 who are at risk by providing nutritious foods to supplement diets, information on healthy eating, and referrals to health care.

More about WIC:

Food, nutrition counseling, and access to health services are provided to low-income, pregnant, breastfeeding, and non-breastfeeding postpartum woman, and to infants and children who are found to be at nutritional risk.

Established as a pilot program in 1972 and made permanent in 1974, WIC is administered at the Federal level by the Food and Nutrition Service of the U. S. Department of Agriculture.  Formerly known as the Special Supplemental Food Program for Women, Infants,  Children, WIC’s name was changed under the Healthy Meals for Healthy Americans Act of 1994, in order to emphasize its role as a nutrition program.

The Pennsylvania Special Supplemental Nutrition program for Women, Infants & Children, better known as WIC has a satellite office in the ECLC building.  Staff from Meadville come to Titusville several times a month to distribute WIC vouchers to participants, provide nutrition education and follow-up for high risk participants and to give breastfeeding support to women.

To be eligible for WIC, one must live in Pennsylvania, be at some level of nutrition risk as determined by the WIC professionals, and be within income guidelines which are 185% of poverty level.  All certification appointments for Titusville area residents are conducted in either Meadville or Warren.  After being found eligible at this appointment, participants can go to the convenient ECLC site to pick up their food vouchers.  All WIC benefits are at no cost to the participant.  Women who are pregnant, breastfeeding up to one year after delivery, and those women who have recently delivered (no breastfeeding); infants; and children up to age five can apply for the program.  WIC is for all kinds of families such as mothers, fathers, foster parent, grandparents or a legal guardian of a child under age five can apply for that child.

WIC offers healthy foods such as whose grains, fruits and vegetables, jarred baby foods, canned beans, soy beverages and tofu, milk, eggs, peanut butter, juice, cereals, and infant formula.

Meadville WIC Phone Numbers