Welcome to the California Department of Developmental Services

Drowning Prevention Poster

DDS LogoCalifornia Department of Developmental Services
1600 Ninth Street
P. O. Box 944202
Sacramento, CA 94244-2020
Info: (916) 654-1690
TTY: (916) 654-2054

Quick Links

DDS YouTube Channel  DDS Twitter Page
Be Prepared California
Get Free Adobe PDF Reader

Documents identified by PDF (Portable Document Format) requires the Adobe Acrobat Reader to be viewed and printed. If you do not already have the Adobe Reader, it can be downloaded for free from Adobe.

Birth to 36 Months Home Page


Parents know their children better than anyone. The first three years are very important in a child's life. If a parent, family member, caregiver, or professional has a concern about a child's development, it is best to identify the concern as soon as possible. Families whose infants or toddlers have developmental delay or disabilities, or are at risk for developmental delay or disabilities may qualify for early intervention services. Regional center staff can evaluate and assess an infant or toddler to determine eligibility for:

The single point of entry to both programs is the regional center in your local area. All infants and toddlers potentially eligible for a regional center program will be evaluated by the regional center to determine eligibility for services.

To find the regional center that serves your area: Call 1-800-515-BABY (2229) or review the Central Directory for more information.

Reason for Concern Brochure

Are you concerned about a young child's development?
The Reason For Concern Brochure can help you see if your child's development is like that of other children the same age.
Available in English (PDF)

Family Resource Centers

Are you searching for support from other parents and assistance on how to navigate the Early Start system?
Early Start Family Resource Centers (FRC's) can help. They provide a variety of family support services.
Available in English (PDF)

Last Updated: 3/2/2018