Early intervention programs are educational programs that focus on the initial learning experiences of at-risk children, who are likely to need additional support to become successful learners. Such programs usually are targeted at children through the primary grades. Early intervention provides instructional support so that children can catch up with the rest of their class and not experience failure. (This type of intervention contrasts with remediation, which comes after students already have experienced failure.)
An early intervention program that is widely used across the United States is Reading Recovery, developed by Marie Clay. Other programs have been modeled after it, providing intervention both as a pull-out and an in-class support.